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[hahy-lee] /ˈhaɪ li/
in or to a high degree; extremely:
highly amusing; highly seasoned food.
with high appreciation or praise; admiringly:
to speak highly of a person.
more than adequately; generously:
a highly paid consultant.
Origin of highly
before 900; Middle English heihliche, Old English hēalīce. See high, -ly Unabridged
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  • Sturgeons are highly regarded, both commercially for their caviar and meat, and for sport.
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  • Ozone is a form of oxygen: a highly poisonous, pale blue gas with a strong odor.
  • Explain to students that the study of human origins is highly complex.
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  • When a coral is broken or wounded, it releases highly reactive atoms of oxygen known as free radicals to close up the gashes.
  • Particle accelerators create and collide beams of speeding, highly energetic atomic or subatomic particles.
  • Sufferers had caught highly unusual diseases, such as rare skin cancers and lung infections.
British Dictionary definitions for highly


(intensifier): highly pleased, highly disappointed
with great approbation or favour: we spoke highly of it
in a high position: placed highly in class
at or for a high price or cost
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Word Origin and History for highly

Old English healice "nobly, gloriously, honorably;" see high (adj.) + -ly (1). Meaning "very, very much, fully" is mid-14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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