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 The Croatians relied too heavily on Bogdanovic during the Olympic qualifying tournament, as usual starting big men Ivica Zubac and Dario Saric stayed home with their NBA teams, the Clippers and Suns, in the Western Conference Finals. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 July 2021 Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, as well as such influential economists as Larry Summers and Jason Furman, relied heavily on those and similarly optimistic forecasts in their policy recommendations. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 7 July 2021 One reason was that the team relied heavily on three-point shooting (40.8 threes attempted per game, second in the NBA) and several players, including Lillard and McCollum, would fire at will when presented with even just a decent look. oregonlive, 2 July 2021 To reach the conference finals this season for the first time in their history, the Clippers relied heavily on familiar faces, with holdovers from the 2020 roster playing more than 75% of postseason minutes. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2021 Nulsen and Sesker, however, say Montgomery has relied too heavily on a belief in the life sciences industry, along with federal government agencies, to drive economic growth. Washington Post, 25 June 2021 In San Ysidro, nearly 200 businesses that relied heavily on customers crossing the border from Tijuana were forced to close, Vargas said. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 June 2021 Senior forward Jamariel Brown also is part of the new-look Panthers, who relied heavily on Hakim Williams, Deveauntay McNeal, Nick Pierre and the rest of the graduating class the past few seasons. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, 24 June 2021 Whereas the Pacific Railway relied heavily on federal grants, the Santa Fe raised most of its funds privately. John Sedgwick, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 June 2021

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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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15 Jul 2021

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“Heavily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavily. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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