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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After his diagnosis, Julie became heavily involved with the Williams Syndrome Association, serving as regional director for the association. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Murder Victim Pleaded with Husband to Get Therapy Before He Killed Her and Their 3 Kids," 12 July 2018 Two of his brothers, Mike and Paul, are also heavily involved in the Milwaukee-area coaching scene. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Greenfield hires Bill Jaskulski, whose basketball bloodlines run deep, as boys hoops head coach," 10 July 2018 He is heavily involved in Best Buddies, a special-needs charity, and used his money to charter a plane to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria to deliver supplies. David Smiley, Joey Flechas And Danny Rivero, miamiherald, "Hustle and Flow: How Philip Levine made the money that’s financing his bid for governor," 10 July 2018 In other cities, mayors tend to be heavily involved in mass transit, even hysterical about its deficiencies. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 That money often comes with the requirement that Chinese companies be heavily involved in the planning and construction, throwing them a lot of business. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Taps the Brakes on Its Global Push for Influence," 29 June 2018 He is heavily involved in monitoring these guys and watching these guys. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "White’s growth ‘off the charts,’ coach says," 29 June 2018 As reported by Rolling Stone, the Recording Academy — the Grammys's umbrella organization, which is heavily involved in planning and executing the ceremony — will be expanding the amount of nominations in the four most prominent categories. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Grammys Are Expanding Major Categories From 5 to 8 Nominees," 27 June 2018 Democrat Emma Collum, who hasn’t run for office before, was heavily involved in the Women’s March on Washington the day after Trump’s inauguration. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Northeast Broward is major 2018 Democrat vs. Republican battleground," 23 June 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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