adverb Date: before 12th century 1. in or to a high place, level, or rank 2. in or to a high degree or amount 3. with approval ; favorably

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Highly — High ly, adv. In a high manner, or to a high degree; very much; as, highly esteemed. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • highly — O.E. healice nobly, gloriously, honorably; see HIGH (Cf. high) (adj.) + LY (Cf. ly) (1). Meaning very, very much, fully is mid 14c …   Etymology dictionary

  • highly — [adv] very, well awful, awfully, bloody*, but good*, decidedly, deeply, eminently, exceedingly, exceptionally, extraordinarily, extremely, greatly, hugely, immensely, jolly, mighty, mucho*, notably, parlous, plenty, powerful, profoundly, real,… …   New thesaurus

  • highly — ► ADVERB 1) to a high degree or level. 2) favourably …   English terms dictionary

  • highly — [hī′lē] adv. 1. Rare in or to a high place 2. in a high office or rank 3. in or to a high degree; very much; very; extremely 4. with high approval or esteem; favorably 5. at a high level, wage, etc …   English World dictionary

  • highly — high|ly W2S2 [ˈhaıli] adv 1.) [+ adjective, adverb] very highly successful/effective/efficient ▪ a highly successful politician ▪ Tom s mother was highly critical of the school s approach. ▪ highly competitive industries ▪ a highly desirable… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • highly — high|ly [ haıli ] adverb *** 1. ) used before some adjectives to mean very or very well : Williams is a highly competitive player who hates losing. I think it s highly unlikely that the project will be finished on time. a highly motivated… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • highly */*/*/ — UK [ˈhaɪlɪ] / US adverb 1) used before some adjectives to mean very or very well Williams is a highly competitive player who hates losing. That now seems highly unlikely. a highly motivated salesman She s a highly educated young woman. highly… …   English dictionary

  • highly — [[t]ha͟ɪli[/t]] ♦♦ 1) ADV: ADV adj Highly is used before some adjectives to mean very . Mr Singh was a highly successful salesman... It seems highly unlikely that she ever existed. ...the highly controversial nuclear energy programme. Syn: very… …   English dictionary

  • highly — / haIli/ adverb 1 (+ adj, adv) very: highly successful | highly skilled 2 (+ adj, adv) to a high level or standard: She is a highly educated woman. | highly paid experts 3 highly placed in an important or powerful position: a highly placed… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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