hot·​ly ˈhät-lē How to pronounce hotly (audio)
: in a hot manner
a hotly contested series

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Taiwan remains a hotly contested issue, as do tariffs. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 17 Nov. 2022 The races for three seats and the majority on the Carmel Clay Schools board has been hotly contested and, at times, ugly. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Nov. 2022 The Purdue Pharma bankruptcy began in 2019 and has been hotly contested. al, 7 Nov. 2022 These assertions are hotly contested by liberals and criminal-justice experts. Time, 4 Nov. 2022 Another prominent national election forecaster believes Republicans have gained the edge in Oregon’s hotly contested 5th Congressional District race. oregonlive, 1 Nov. 2022 And while control of the U.S. House and Senate are hotly contested in this year's midterm elections, the fact that a presidential race isn't on the ballot could alleviate concerns about the media's role, Edmonds said. Meg Kinnard, ajc, 1 Nov. 2022 The issue has been hotly contested here, as Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont’s campaign has worked to draw contrasts with his Republican challenger, Bob Stefanowski. Ct Mirror, Hartford Courant, 28 Oct. 2022 On November 8, the winner of the Ohio’s hotly contested US Senate race will very likely be the candidate who captures a clear majority of those 12 Northeast Ohio counties. Paul Sracic, CNN, 26 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Hotly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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