heavi·​ly | \ ˈhe-və-lē How to pronounce heavily (audio) \

Definition of heavily

1 : to a great degree : severely
2 : slowly and laboriously : dully
3 archaic : with sorrow : grievously
4 : in a heavy manner

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Examples of heavily in a Sentence

He relies heavily on his wife for advice. These artists borrow heavily from Picasso. Our flowers were heavily damaged by a late spring frost. She drank and smoked heavily for years. He sat down heavily on the couch. He was leaning heavily on the table. She sighed heavily then said “Okay, I'll do it.”
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My childhood was really focused more heavily on academics, and the performing arts stuff was more a way of being free. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Opera Star Isabel Leonard on Singing for Sesame Street, Dancing to Pitbull, And Performing for Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court," 1 Feb. 2019 The Biden family has been heavily involved in cancer research and care initiatives for decades. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Why Jill Biden Might Just Be Joe Biden's Greatest Political Asset," 25 Apr. 2019 Matt Bennett, Liz Gilles, AND Daniella Monet were featured heavily in different parts of the vid. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice's Alleged Feud And Where It All Began," 16 Apr. 2019 With most residents living in poverty, many in the heavily Latino community don’t own a car. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 Angela Robinson, director of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, helped facilitate my connection to Time’s Up, in which she and Larson are heavily involved. Valerie Complex, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brie Larson Wants Captain Marvel to Change the Film Industry," 25 Mar. 2019 Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Off the field, Mr. Kraft has been heavily involved in the strategies and television deals that have made the league the richest American sport. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Charged With Soliciting Prostitution," 22 Feb. 2019 So far, her turn as Anne has earned her a Golden Globe nomination, and she's heavily favored for an Oscar nod as well. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Olivia Colman Is the Latest British Star to Make it Stateside," 3 Jan. 2019 The commitment is so small, in fact, that even those heavily invested in the competitive Magic or Netrunner scenes will likely give KeyForge a shot and play casually. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "KeyForge: The red-hot card game where every deck is unique—and unchangeable," 15 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of heavily

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of heavily was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of heavily

: to a great degree : very much
: in a slow or heavy way


heavi·​ly | \ ˈhe-və-lē How to pronounce heavily (audio) \

Kids Definition of heavily

1 : with or as if with weight Bear down heavily on your pen.
2 : in a slow and difficult way He's breathing heavily.
3 : very much The house was heavily damaged.

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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