heavily

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adverb 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

Examples of heavily in a Sentence

  1. He relies heavily on his wife for advice.

  2. These artists borrow heavily from Picasso.

  3. Our flowers were heavily damaged by a late spring frost.

  4. She drank and smoked heavily for years.

  5. He sat down heavily on the couch.

  6. He was leaning heavily on the table.

  7. She sighed heavily then said Okay, I'll do it.

Recent Examples of heavily from the Web

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First Known Use of heavily

before 12th century



HEAVILY Defined for English Language Learners

heavily

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adverb

Definition of heavily for English Language Learners

  • : to a great degree : very much

  • : in a slow or heavy way


HEAVILY Defined for Kids

heavily

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adverb heavi·ly \ ˈhe-və-lē \

Definition of heavily for Students

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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