high·​ly ˈhī-lē How to pronounce highly (audio)
: in or to a high place, level, or rank
: in or to a high degree or amount
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of highly was before the 12th century

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“Highly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highly. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


high·​ly ˈhī-lē How to pronounce highly (audio)
: very entry 2 sense 1, extremely
highly pleased
: with approval
speaks highly of you

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