One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Dad walked heavily towards the door’
laboriously, slowly, ponderously, steadily, deliberately, woodenly, stiffly, with heavy steps, with leaden steps
with difficulty, painfully, awkwardly, clumsily
gloomily, dejectedly, sluggishly, dully
2‘our troops were heavily defeated’
decisively, utterly, completely, thoroughly, totally, conclusively, roundly, soundly, absolutely
3‘he started drinking heavily’
excessively, to excess, immoderately, copiously, inordinately, intemperately, a great deal, too much, very much, overmuch, to a great extent, to too great an extent, without restraint, without control
4‘the area is heavily planted with pine trees’
densely, closely, thickly, compactly
5‘I became heavily involved in politics’
deeply, extremely, very, greatly, exceedingly, enormously, terribly, tremendously, awfully, profoundly
British informal jolly, ever so
to a limited extent
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