Definition of highly in English:



  • 1To a high degree or level.

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