high·​ly | \ ˈhī-lē How to pronounce highly (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Quinn was hired by the Falcons in 2015 after a highly successful run as Seattle's defensive coordinator, highlighted by two straight trips to the Super Bowl. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, "Falcons fire coach Quinn, GM Dimitroff after 0-5 start," 11 Oct. 2020 Ohio State returns to the top five two weeks before the Big Ten’s highly anticipated debut. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Texas A&M surges and LSU falls out, while Clemson leads the latest Amway Coaches Poll," 11 Oct. 2020 Bassett, who portrays Ricky Bowen, will debut an acoustic version of his original song for a sneak peek performance from the series' highly anticipated second season. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "'High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special' Set for Disney+ & Soundtrack Release," 7 Oct. 2020 The album reached No. 2 in Billboard, and several highly successful tours followed. Jim Farber, New York Times, "Eddie Van Halen, Virtuoso of the Rock Guitar, Dies at 65," 6 Oct. 2020 In 2002, after three straight playoff appearances and a highly successful run as A’s manager, Art Howe was released by Beane and became the manager of the Mets. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Will John Fisher, Billy Beane and Bob Melvin remain together with A’s?," 3 Oct. 2020 Eilish was scouted to lend her pen and her vocals to the title track for the upcoming secret agent flick, joining forces with her brother Finneas O'Connell to set the tone for Daniel Craig’s highly anticipated curtain call. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Billie Eilish’s “No Time To Die” Video Hints At The Next Bond Plot," 1 Oct. 2020 One year removed from a liver transplant and a season in which he was confined to the house, Cryer is back and ready to resume his highly successful coaching career. Jim Derry, NOLA.com, "Pope John Paul II 2020 football preview: 15 returning starters should equal more wins," 30 Sep. 2020 Big Hit will be offering roughly 7.1 million new shares in the highly anticipated debut, which Big Hit says may raise the company as much as $820 million. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Fans of K-Pop’s BTS say they’re ready to mobilize on a new platform: the stock market," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of highly

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

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“Highly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highly. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce highly (audio) \

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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