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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These are good jobs with highly competitive pay, full benefits, and innovative training programs like Career Choice that pre-pays 95% of tuition for associates. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Amazon workers in Italy, Germany, Spain, and the UK staged mass walkouts, protesting poor conditions and low wages.," 27 Nov. 2018 Sunday was the concourse and that is when the rare and highly collectible cars are shown. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hilton Head Island, Revisited," 19 Nov. 2018 The highly energetic particles in a cosmic ray’s air shower plow through the water faster than light can. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 The formula is simple but highly technical: Stability of oven temperature + accuracy of time applied = internal temperature of the meat, which is the only guide to doneness. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Only Meat Thermometer Any Serious Person Needs," 29 Oct. 2018 Venezuela’s once highly competitive winter league has been in decline for years. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "Venezuelan fans endure sacrifices to ‘Play Ball’ amid crisis," 15 Oct. 2018 For the first time ever, 16 B-girls (female breakdancers) have been invited to the BC One World Stage to battle in the highly competitive B-Girl World Final. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Red Bull's BC One World Is Giving Female Breakdancers the Platform They Deserve," 29 Sep. 2018 Trump has not added to that coalition in his first two years as president, and that cost his party control of the House while also preventing them from gaining more than two Senate seats on a highly favorable map. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "A MAGA outlet just published a piece blaming Trump for the GOP midterm loss," 15 Nov. 2018 With highly detailed itineraries, their vacations can run into the six-figures for a weeklong trip that’s engineered for maximum personal growth and psychological insight (actors may be involved). Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "Why Even Control Freaks Are Opting for ‘Surprise Vacations’," 14 Nov. 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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