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

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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First Known Use of highly

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

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28 May 2022

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More Definitions for highly


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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