heavi·​ly | \ ˈhe-və-lē \

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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The interactions can help build positive connections with new people — or pets — who are happy to see you, without leaning too heavily on a friend group, Bahar says. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How to Deal With Loneliness and Feelings of Isolation," 11 Jan. 2019 The Arctic is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change, and will be one of the most heavily impacted. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Almost All of the Arctic's Oldest Ice Is Already Gone," 11 Dec. 2018 Because the furniture doesn't command the space, Hollywood Regency leans heavily on the decor accents to bring the glam. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Hollywood Regency Design," 30 Nov. 2018 And state and local governments have already spent heavily on building the infrastructure Foxconn requires. Bruce Murphy, The Verge, "Wisconsin’s $4.1 billion Foxconn boondoggle," 29 Oct. 2018 Kingwood and surrounding Lake Houston area communities were heavily impacted by flooding brought on by Hurricane Harvey. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Dam gates, dredging are major topics at county flood bond meeting in Kingwood," 12 July 2018 The Women’s March organization has also faced backlash for focusing too heavily on the concerns of white women, as well as excluding women who hold more conservative viewpoints. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Best Signs From the 2019 Women’s March," 19 Jan. 2019 The Reuters article, by Lisa Girion, focuses heavily on reports and testing that J&J did in the 1970s on both its baby powder and its Shower to Shower product that was marketed to adults. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Johnson & Johnson accused of hiding the asbestos in its baby powder for decades," 14 Dec. 2018 In the last eighteen months Facebook, with the full support of this board, has invested heavily in more people and better technology to prevent misuse of its services, including during elections. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook’s board is throwing public support behind Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg — who are on Facebook’s board," 15 Nov. 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 \

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 express emotion in a dramatic way

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