Definition of highly in English:



  • 1At or to a high degree or level.

    [as submodifier] ‘a highly dangerous substance’
    ‘highly paid people’
    • ‘He suggested that this was a highly unusual step for an historian to take.’
    • ‘She said she did not blame the driver, but felt the junction was highly dangerous.’
    • ‘On one side the tiles are broken and the steps into the pool are loose and highly dangerous.’
    • ‘It is only wise to seek advice from experts, especially on highly specialised subjects.’
    • ‘This was especially the case for highly skilled workers but it was not confined to them.’
    • ‘It is highly unusual for an elephant to give birth to more than one baby at a time.’
    • ‘Although this position has been criticized, it seems highly unlikely that it will be altered.’
    • ‘They say that the joint project between a businessman and an academic is highly unusual and could even be a first.’
    • ‘Even exposure to relatively low levels of this highly poisonous gas can cause brain damage or death.’
    • ‘She was a very remarkable young woman, highly intelligent with a string of As and Bs at GCSE.’
    • ‘If you have read this far I am highly surprised, but extremely grateful for your perseverance.’
    • ‘It was not unusual for highly intelligent men to be attracted to cults or sects, she said.’
    • ‘He was one of the most successful pianists of his era, and certainly the most highly paid.’
    • ‘The choice of subject was highly significant, for it reflected his own tragic childhood.’
    • ‘In order to quash these rumours the company took the highly unusual step of issuing an official denial.’
    • ‘The young Frenchman was not highly educated, but enthusiastic and hard working.’
    • ‘His tenure as chief executive is regarded as a highly successful one so far.’
    • ‘The election in June is highly significant and is key to the future of this district.’
    • ‘I go out for a meal with colleagues that evening and they think it's highly amusing.’
    • ‘If rock stars, actors and footballers can behave like that then why not highly paid city dealers?’
    very, most, really, thoroughly, extremely, exceedingly, particularly, tremendously, hugely, greatly, decidedly, distinctly, exceptionally, immensely, eminently, supremely, inordinately, singularly, extraordinarily, vastly, overly
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    1. 1.1Favourably.
      ‘his colleagues think very highly of him’
      • ‘He also thinks extremely highly of the Arabs, both as individuals and people.’
      • ‘While he values you very highly, he's in no position to rekindle your love affair.’
      • ‘Gough is among the most decorated and highly regarded Scottish players of his generation.’
      • ‘A month went by and Angel came to regard Shane as highly as she did her best friends.’
      • ‘Armand is a well known producer and is highly regarded in amateur dramatics circles.’
      • ‘I rate Taylor very highly, and I believe there are two great positives from this signing.’
      • ‘The teachers thought very highly of her and said she was a pleasure to teach.’
      • ‘Perhaps the most extraordinary thing to be thrown up is just how highly regarded Woods is by most of his peers.’
      • ‘She had no idea just how highly her husband was regarded until he died at the age of 83.’
      • ‘He was a devoted soldier who had pride in whatever he did and was highly regarded by those around him.’
      • ‘He is very popular with his colleagues and highly regarded by senior officers.’
      • ‘It is true he polarises people, but where I am from he is highly regarded by the community.’
      • ‘We have got some highly regarded players in the league and the standards have risen.’
      • ‘Allied naval commanders had a great respect for him, but he was not so highly thought of by some of his colleagues.’
      • ‘He's a screenwriter and apparently is very highly regarded in the industry.’
      • ‘Nicholas is a popular, highly regarded actor who has been a star and a household name for several decades.’
      • ‘They were a highly regarded rock band in their time, and partook of a certain degree of fame.’
      • ‘Tseng himself is a highly regarded poet who has won many national literary prizes.’
      • ‘Now this memoir is very highly regarded but at the time it caused controversy.’
      • ‘Rosemary speaks highly of the nurses and doctors who looked after her there.’
      favourably, well, warmly, appreciatively, admiringly, approvingly, positively, glowingly, enthusiastically, with praise, with admiration, with approbation
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Old English hēalīce (see high, -ly).