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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Recent Examples on the Web

As far as Lukaku is concerned, it has been heavily reported that Inter want the player but are struggling to raise the funds for a suitable offer. SI.com, "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Insists Man Utd 'Don't Have to Sell' in Warning to Paul Pogba & Romelu Lukaku," 10 July 2019 Perot leaned heavily on television at every stage of his campaign and even bought 30-minute blocks of time for what were essentially political infomercials. Christina Prignano, BostonGlobe.com, "See some of Ross Perot’s 30-minute political infomercials," 9 July 2019 The Kentucky Republican will lean heavily into how his majority leader role benefits the state, while boasting about the success of giving the nation’s judiciary a conservative makeover since Trump took office in 2017. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Amy McGrath says she will take on Mitch McConnell in 2020 US Senate race," 9 July 2019 All eight episodes are being released by Netflix on July 4, and the Uncle-Sam-against-the-Ruskies plot configuration leans heavily on red-blooded patriotism. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The American Paranoia of Stranger Things 3," 4 July 2019 In Birmingham, the first city to adopt an ordinance, the efforts to craft new regulations lean heavily on a city Human Rights Commission. John Sharp, al.com, "In Alabama, protecting the LGBTQ community has become a ‘very local issue’," 27 June 2019 The Sun Devils will lean heavily on Tautala Pesefea, a transfer from American River College, and on coordinator Danny Gonzales, whose 3-3-5 system could help mask some of the deficiencies up front. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Pac-12 football look-ahead series: Strongest and weakest units in the South," 26 June 2019 While some candidates concentrated on biography, others -- including Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders -- leaned heavily on their policy proposals. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Democratic candidates pitch South Carolina voters at fish fry," 22 June 2019 Instead, prosecutors will lean heavily on evidence taken after Talbott was arrested in May of 2018. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Lawyers in a Murder Trial Clash Over a DNA Forensics Method," 17 June 2019

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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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