high·ly | \ˈhī-lē \

Definition of highly 

1 : in or to a high place, level, or rank

2 : in or to a high degree or amount

3 : with approval : favorably

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Examples of highly in a Sentence

She is one of the most highly respected journalists in the country. though she didn't win, she was highly satisfied with her personal results for the marathon

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McMillan was in attendance for each of Woodward's postseason games and reached out to Cooper and Thomas about being the nucleus of a young team and adjusting to playing in the highly-competitive CMAC. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Woodward freshman Paul McMillan IV already making a splash with summer play," 12 July 2018 Ramsey, who plays prep ball for IMG Academy in Florida, averages 14.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals on Nike's highly competitive travel circuit. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "3 prospects who could help Louisville basketball's 2019 signing class," 11 July 2018 Bottom line is that our event will feature a highly competitive field that will treat our fans to some exciting tennis from start to finish. Lori Riley, courant.com, "World No. 6 Caroline Garcia Joins Connecticut Open Tennis Field," 10 July 2018 And there were the typical highly competitive league opponents who always came with their best. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "2018 All-Metro boys lacrosse Coach of the Year: Bryan Kelly, Calvert Hall," 4 July 2018 Tri-Cities soccer is highly competitive, but the North Stars owned those teams with a 15-0-2 record during the past four seasons. C.r. Walker, chicagotribune.com, "Carrying the torch: St. Charles North's Hailey Rydberg named the 2018 Courier-News Girls Soccer Player of the Year," 3 July 2018 The program awards about 1,900 grants annually and has a highly competitive, lengthy application process. Lisa Maria Garza, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Celebration High School alumna to teach Malaysian kids English on Fulbright scholarship," 3 July 2018 So Drexel overhauled its enrollment process — a risky venture in a highly competitive marketplace, one with a declining number of high school graduates and a battle to recruit them. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "Tuition was rising, appeal was falling. Here's how Drexel University tried to stop the slide," 29 June 2018 But, again, these are highly competitive, passionate people asked to comment in the heat of the moment. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: IndyCar could use a rivalry, will Rossi vs. Wickens, Sato persist?," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of highly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of highly

: to a great degree

: in an amount or number that is greater than usual : to a high degree

: in an approving way : with approval


high·ly | \ˈhī-lē \

Kids Definition of highly

1 : to a high degree : very much He's a highly respected citizen.

2 : with much approval Teachers think highly of her.

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