heavily

adverb
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

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.” See More
Recent Examples on the Web Soon, heavily armed men were knocking on neighbors’ doors, charging up stairs, and taking up positions on nearby balconies and rooftops. Pamela Constable, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 The Swedish Armed Forces, despite their small size are heavily armed, with 531 main battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, 96 fighters, and five submarines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 5 Aug. 2022 New data suggest Californians are steadily reducing water usage in the face of severe drought, although cities and towns in the northern part of the state are cutting back more than those in the thirsty and more heavily populated south. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 But the longer the standoff continues, the more likely the protests could escalate into violent clashes between heavily armed militia members on both sides, analysts said. Ghassan Adnan, WSJ, 31 July 2022 Stone and his supporters had publicly claimed to be outraged that, as a man in his 60s charged with nonviolent crimes, he was roused by heavily armed officers in a dawn raid. Jon Swaine, Dalton Bennett, Anchorage Daily News, 30 July 2022 Stone and his supporters had publicly claimed to be outraged that, as a man in his 60s charged with nonviolent crimes, he was roused by heavily armed officers in a dawn raid. Jon Swaine, BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2022 On the eve of June 4, 1989, Chinese leaders sent in tanks and heavily armed troops to clear Beijing's Tiananmen Square, where student protesters had gathered for weeks to demand democracy and greater freedoms. Laura He, CNN, 21 July 2022 Pistol in his hands, Uvalde school police officer Ruben Ruiz pushed his way through the knot of heavily armed police officers waiting around a corner from where his wife was dying on the floor of her classroom. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, 21 July 2022 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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“Heavily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavily. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for heavily

heavily

adverb
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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