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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It's highly pigmented and covers both spots and under eyes equally well. Glamour, "This $24 BareMinerals Concealer Replaced My Favorite $70 One," 20 Mar. 2019 The new drama, which is set to premiere Monday night, is produced by famed prosecutor Marcia Clark — and is highly anticipated as a result. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Is 'The Fix' Based on a True Story? Here's the Truth Behind Marcia Clark's New Show," 18 Mar. 2019 But then comes the third planet in the system, Kepler-107c, which appears to be at least twice as dense as 107b, which is highly unusual. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Mysterious Iron Exoplanet Could Reveal the Secrets of Our Own Solar System," 5 Feb. 2019 The highly personalized home of greeting card designer Jesse Levison and her husband Alex Trendelman was one such space. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "Year in Curbed: The best of House Calls," 26 Dec. 2018 Get ready to go back to Mystic Falls once again as the highly anticipate The Vampire Diaries and The Originals spin-off Legacies finally airs. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Meet the Cast of "Legacies" and Their Characters," 11 Oct. 2018 In an average year, the Atlantic sees 2.7 major hurricanes—six is highly unusual. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What pushed 2017’s Atlantic hurricane season into overdrive?," 28 Sep. 2018 The results were less than successful; the simple aqua pool suddenly sported a border of highly decorative cobalt and white Portuguese tile, while pinky-beige crown moldings appeared in the lobbies. Steven Stolman, House Beautiful, "This Delightfully Retro Apartment Complex Has Been Home to Design Royalty," 6 Mar. 2019 The ensemble is highly similar to the one the Queen wore in real life to the Royal Opera House in 1968. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "A New Photo from The Crown Season 3 Set Shows Olivia Colman in a Tiara as the Queen," 4 Mar. 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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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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