hot·​ly | \ ˈhät-lē \

Definition of hotly

: in a hot manner a hotly contested series

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They’re filled with people (like me) who are now in their early 20s, who were hotly anticipating the new installment and going in search of a nostalgia hit. Ella Donald, Glamour, "The Surprising Sex Positivity of Mamma Mia," 23 July 2018 This ensures that things stay hotly competitive right until the end, which makes Emara a deeply satisfying and cerebral gem. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "Essen 2018: The best board games from the biggest board game con," 3 Nov. 2018 Many of the proposals to rein in tech giants remain hotly contested. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "Facebook to Give Special Access to French Regulators," 12 Nov. 2018 In San Francisco, the hotly contested Proposition C aims to address the city’s homeless population by imposing a tax on corporate revenues that would raise an additional $50 million annually for homeless programs. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Midterm Elections Are Almost Here—What You Need to Know Now," 5 Nov. 2018 But beginning in 2009, a series of hotly contested decisions made by the sport’s managing parties allegedly caused most of the international sponsors to back out. Mitchell Nicholson, Popular Mechanics, "The Great American Motorcycle Racing Revival," 7 Sep. 2018 Take advantage of the many free or low-cost events, but maximize them with a Rally Pack Most of the 115th anniversary happenings – including many hotly anticipated events – are free and open to the public. Harley Davidson Motor Company, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How to access more at Harley’s 115th party," 12 July 2018 The Justice Department’s inspector general releases his hotly anticipated report; Saudi coalitions fight for control in Yemen. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Battles in eastern Yemen endanger 250,000 civilians," 15 June 2018 The hotly anticipated summit is set to take place at the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island, with the first meeting kicking off at 9a.m. local time on June 12. Suyin Haynes, Time, "President Trump and Kim Jong Un Are Preparing to Finally Meet. Here's What to Know About Their Singapore Summit," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of hotly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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