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

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As is par for the course with other Kardahsian business ventures, the launch of Kim Kardashian West’s solutionswear line has been both highly anticipated and comes with its share of controversy. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Everything We Know About Skims, Kim Kardashian's Solutionwear Line," 10 Sep. 2019 Revlon even makes a tint with a cushion applicator for easily achieving the highly sought-after blurred lip look. Allure, "17 Long-Lasting Lip Tints and Lip Stains for People Who Aren’t Afraid of Commitment," 9 Sep. 2019 Still, the dolmen’s reappearance isn’t wholly positive: Per a Change.org petition calling for the monument’s preservation, the granite stones that dot the archaeological site are highly porous. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Drought Reveals Dolmen of Guadalperal, Popularly Dubbed ‘Spanish Stonehenge’," 9 Sep. 2019 Rush hour can now be defined as the yawning 12-hour span between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., when anywhere from 17 percent to 66 percent of all roadways inside Route 128 are congested or highly congested on an average day. Boston.com Real Estate, "Will transportation woes drive down home prices?," 4 Sep. 2019 The takeover has the opportunity to create a system of high-quality seats for students that are managed by highly functional organizations. Kenneth Wong, BostonGlobe.com, "Kenneth Wong: Accountability and autonomy are key to turning around Providence schools," 3 Sep. 2019 However, while the company’s $150 X700 is good-looking and features a touchscreen interface, the video looks highly compressed, and GPS is available only as an external option. Jon L. Jacobi, PCWorld, "Thinkware X700 dash cam review: Classy design with a few missing pieces," 2 Sep. 2019 Gupta anticipates his research will lead to the development of more effective treatments for children with highly aggressive tumors of bone and soft tissues. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Texas’ cancer-fighting agency invests millions in San Antonio research," 30 Aug. 2019 This is not the first time that highly qualified individuals have hankered after low-paying jobs in India. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "An IIT post-graduate has turned down high-paying jobs to become a railway track maintainer," 27 Aug. 2019

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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 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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