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UK [ˈhevɪlɪ] / US adverb
1) to a large degree

an area that relied heavily on the mines for jobs

heavily populated urban areas

Her work was heavily influenced by her father's.

2) very

Both of us are heavily involved in charity work.

heavily polluted rivers

The economy is heavily dependent on coal exports.

3) in large amounts

They had borrowed heavily to buy the boat.

smoke/drink heavily:

She had been smoking heavily since her teens.

bleed heavily:

I was bleeding heavily from the cut.

4) with a lot of force

He slipped and fell heavily.

She leaned heavily on the table.

5) if you breathe heavily, you breathe slowly and loudly

He was fast asleep in the chair, snoring heavily.

I was very unfit, so I was puffing heavily by now.

6) slowly and in a way that shows that you feel sad, tired, or ill

He walked heavily away.

"It's too late," she said heavily.

7) in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable or unhappy

The prospect of breaking her promise lay heavily on her mind.


English dictionary. 2014.

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