Definition of highly in US English:

highly

adverb

  • 1To a high degree or level.

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

Old English hēalīce (see high, -ly).

Pronunciation

highly

/ˈhaɪli//ˈhīlē/