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 Over the last year, tribes that rely heavily on casino revenue to run government and provide services have been devastated by the pandemic. Sarah Volpenhein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "State of the Tribes hints at toll of COVID-19 pandemic, focuses on Native American rights and environment," 13 May 2021 But the visual palette of much cryptoart spoke to them, because it had been heavily influenced by memes and the trippy, glitchy tropes of the internet or the futuristic style of sci-fi movies and illustration. New York Times, "The Untold Story of the NFT Boom," 12 May 2021 Greek armies at this time were mostly the classic hoplite soldiers: heavily armed foot soldiers. Katherine Reinberger, The Conversation, "Teeth of fallen soldiers hold evidence that foreigners fought alongside ancient Greeks, challenging millennia of military history," 12 May 2021 To put it another way, crypto trading and investing is already a volatile endeavor heavily influenced by headlines and macro factors; cybersecurity around such activities will need to be up to the task. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, "Crypto Banking, The Law Of Private Keys, And Other Crypto Banking Considerations," 11 May 2021 With the Lions, Williams is expected to play a key role in a new-look offense that will rely heavily on the running game. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Lions RB Jamaal Williams has an epic way to honor the women in his life," 9 May 2021 The response by security forces, heavily armed from decades of battling drug traffickers and guerrillas, is being scrutinized by human rights observers. Star Tribune, "Corruption, economic woes spark deadly protests in Colombia," 7 May 2021 Since most mid-terms, especially House races, are heavily influenced by base turnout, the GOP may profit from Trump's continuing ability to inspire the party's most loyal voters. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "The GOP's devotion to Trump threatens to destroy American democracy," 4 May 2021 The military-style, heavily armed police tactical teams that are more prevalent these days would recede from view, deployed in only the most dangerous scenarios. BostonGlobe.com, "They say reimagine the police. What would that look like?," 24 Apr. 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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16 May 2021

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“Heavily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavily. Accessed 17 May. 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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