rich·ly | \ˈrich-lē \

Definition of richly 

1 : in a rich manner

2 : in full measure : amply praise richly deserved

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Examples of richly in a Sentence

The room was richly decorated. They were richly rewarded for their efforts.

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Kavanaugh, a bright, thoughtful and richly qualified candidate starts with the presumption that every Republican will sign on to his nomination, which probably means that four or five Democrats from red states will get aboard as well. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems face big loss, big opportunity with Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 The SoundSport Free pumps out audio that’s deep, robust, and as richly detailed as a nice pair of over-the-ear headphones. Outside Online, "The Best Portable Audio Gear of 2018," 15 May 2018 Adney's account of Dawson and environs during that peak summer of 1898 is richly detailed. Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘Klondike Stampede,’ the madness of the Gold Rush, told by one who lived it," 14 Apr. 2018 But a presidential aspirant with the courage to propose a mainstream solution to the immigration stalemate could be richly rewarded. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Americans Want an Immigration Deal," 10 July 2018 While the Fed’s inaction toward reinvestment is a welcome sign of continued economic confidence by the agency, investors have been richly rewarded during its extraordinary measures. Tom Hudson, miamiherald, "Testing the tempers of investors," 30 June 2018 Instead, the original inhabitants mixed with the new, paving the way for today’s richly diverse Southeast Asian population. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Ancient DNA Offers Insight on Origins of Southeast Asia’s Present-Day Population," 11 July 2018 In 1986, Leonard Bernstein led his last tour with the New York Philharmonic as its laureate conductor, an honorific richly deserved by one of America’s most revered musicians. Howard Reich,, "CSO at Ravinia review: Marin Alsop poetically launches Bernstein tribute," 13 July 2018 The ones at David’s tasted richly, thickly of potato; the perfectly crisp, lightly seasoned exterior proved just as satisfying. Tim Smith,, "David Cordish's new restaurant a good bet 24/7 at Live Hotel," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of richly

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

History and Etymology for richly

Middle English richely, from Old English rīclīce, from rīce rich

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English Language Learners Definition of richly

: in a beautiful and expensive way

: in a pleasingly strong way

: in a generous way

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