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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Fresh off their James Beard Foundation for Best Chef: Great Lakes, the wife-husband duo Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark are opening a second restaurant, just a block away from the highly successful Parachute (3500 N. Elston Ave.). Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "James Beard-winning owners of Parachute opening second restaurant, Wherewithall, this summer," 4 June 2019 Below the oxygen tank was a slightly smaller tank filled with highly refined kerosene. Oliver Morton, WIRED, "The Beauty and Madness of Sending a Man to the Moon," 4 June 2019 Perpetual dissatisfaction might well boost economic growth by keeping highly productive workers who might otherwise enjoy more time with their families chained to their desks. The Economist, "Advertising may make people miserable, but still has its uses," 4 June 2019 In rare cases, excess caffeine intake has also been blamed for heart problems and even deaths, though mostly among people consuming highly concentrated energy drinks or those with preexisting cardiovascular conditions. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "No, You Probably Shouldn't Drink 25 Cups of Coffee a Day," 4 June 2019 Radically new and highly energy-efficient aircraft designs such as the Flying-V are important in this respect, as are new forms of propulsion. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "“Flying-V” airplane design promises fuel savings, but there’s a catch," 4 June 2019 Others warned the hemp program could go the way of Ohio's highly restrictive medical marijuana program, where most of the cultivation and processing licenses went to out-of-state companies or Ohio companies with out-of-state investors and owners. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio hemp legalization bill draws criticism from farmers and hemp advocates," 4 June 2019 Ogburn-Chow, the Warren campaign volunteer, backed Sanders in the 2016 primary and still thinks highly of his politics. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Sanders vs. Warren: Candidates crowd each other in hunt for progressive voters," 4 June 2019 Along with two senior White House advisers, Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller, Hassett helped to craft the immigration proposal Trump announced last month, which would prioritize admitting highly skilled migrants like doctors and researchers. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "Kevin Hassett, top White House economic adviser, is leaving, Trump says," 3 June 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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