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UK [ˈhaɪlɪ] / US
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 paid (= earning a lot of money):
highly dangerous chemicals
highly paid company directors
a highly paid job•
Adjectives frequently used with highly
▪ desirable, effective, likely, significant, successful, unlikely2) used for saying that someone or something is considered to be very good or very importanthighly regarded/respected/valued:
She has often said how highly she values your friendship.
a highly valued member of staffspeak/think highly of:
He is very highly regarded by his fellow musicians.someone comes highly recommended (= people have said good things about someone):
Everyone we talked to spoke very highly of him.
The new chef comes highly recommended by the food critics.
English dictionary. 2014.
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highly — UK US /ˈhaɪli/ adverb ► very, to a large degree, or at a high level: »The firm was highly profitable and had a strong balance sheet. » It is an able, young and highly motivated workforce. highly educated/qualified/skilled »Technical experts,… … Financial and business terms
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 — [[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