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[hev-uh-lee] /ˈhɛv ə li/
with a great weight or burden:
a heavily loaded wagon.
in a manner suggestive of carrying a great weight; ponderously; lumberingly:
He walked heavily across the room.
in an oppressive manner:
Cares weigh heavily upon him.
severely; greatly; intensely:
to suffer heavily.
densely; thickly:
heavily wooded.
in large amounts or in great quantities; very much:
It rained heavily on Tuesday.
without animation or vigor; in a dull manner; sluggishly.
Origin of heavily
before 900; Middle English hevyly, Old English hefiglīce. See heavy, -ly
Related forms
overheavily, adverb
unheavily, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They bear over a longer season than seed-grown tomatoes, and produce more heavily.
  • Cut back heavily before spring growth occurs to keep tidy, and pinch as needed throughout the year to control growth.
  • In heavily infested trees, fallen pupal cases and dead adult weevils may be found around the base of the tree.
  • The show borrows heavily from other sci-fi sources and the first episode was heavy on exposition.
  • Notably absent from that list are heavily-armed flying gondolas.
  • Blueberries, melons, squashes-all kinds of crops rely heavily on honeybees.
  • It was snowing heavily and the ground was glittering with beauty.
  • It's possible, but that specimen has been heavily reconstructed.
  • The bird's eyes are heavily mantled, and its feathers have been ruffled by the alcohol that nearly fills the bottle.
  • They are gray-brown to olive-green on top with off-white undersides, and they have heavily serrated, triangular teeth.
Word Origin and History for heavily

Old English hefiglice "violently, intensely; sorrowfully; sluggishly," from hefig (see heavy) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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