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 secessionist council, which is an umbrella group of heavily armed and well-financed militias propped up by the United Arab Emirates since 2015, hopes to restore an independent southern Yemen, which existed from 1967 until unification in 1990. Washington Post, "Clashes between Yemen’s gov’t, separatists mar ceasefire," 25 June 2020 Or why a system of government meant to represent all of its citizens requires unarmed protesters to heroically face heavily armed professional soldiers in full body armor. Daniel Barron, Scientific American, "Health Care Workers Don't Want to Be Heroes," 21 June 2020 Local media reported that heavily armed police had raided at least one home near the site of the shooting and had also stopped a car. Fox News, "Manhunt underway after officer killed, another wounded in New Zealand: report," 19 June 2020 This is not the first report of heavily armed civilian militias appearing at protests around New Mexico in recent weeks. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "1 Person Shot in New Mexico During a Protest Against a Statue of a Controversial Conquistador," 16 June 2020 Kirby Jenner is a performance artist (whose real name is about as heavily guarded as Banksy’s) who's been around since 2015. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Kirby Jenner Is KUWTK At Its Most Chaotic — & Where’s Rob???," 22 May 2020 Under those agreements, both Koreas halted live-firing exercises, removed some land mines and destroyed guard posts inside the world’s most heavily armed border. Fox News, "North Korea: Redeploying troops, resuming military exercises at inter-Korean cooperation sites," 17 June 2020 Under those agreements, both Koreas halted live-firing exercises, removed some land mines and destroyed guard posts inside the world’s most heavily armed border. Time, "After Blowing Up a Liaison Office, North Korea's Military Says It Will Enter More Sites Symbolizing Inter-Korean Cooperation," 17 June 2020 Several protesters uploaded videos to social media showing that the arrival of a small group of heavily armed men in fatigues, members of the militia group the New Mexico Civil Guard, escalated tensions. NBC News, "Man arrested after protester is shot during demonstration over conquistador statue in New Mexico," 16 June 2020

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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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“Heavily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavily. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce heavily (audio)

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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