Share this entry

Share this page

heavily

Syllabification: heav·i·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈhevəlē
 
/

Definition of heavily in English:

adverb

1To a great degree; in large amounts: it was raining heavily he had been drinking heavily for six months she is heavily pregnant
More example sentences
  • The bacterial outbreak was attributed to the use of heavily diluted disinfectant.
  • The company invested heavily in advertising to modernise its staid image.
  • The word beefy is used to indicate a powerful, perhaps heavily alcoholic wine, with a very chewy or mouth-filling impact.
Synonyms
with difficulty, painfully, awkwardly, clumsily
decisively, conclusively, roundly, soundly;
utterly, completely, thoroughly
excessively, to excess, immoderately, copiously, inordinately, intemperately, a great deal, too much, overmuch
informal seriously, ever so
1.1To a large extent; very or very much: the country is heavily dependent on banana exports he was heavily influenced by the Impressionists
More example sentences
  • Like many involved with the Spiritual Rights Foundation, they left heavily in debt.
  • Many factory outlets sell winter accessories at heavily discounted prices.
  • A few minutes later we stood on the beach under a heavily clouded sky, looking out over a millpond sea.
2With a lot of force or effort; with weight: she fell heavily to the ground he sat down heavily in the chair
More example sentences
  • He fell very heavily on his, erm, backside.
  • The door closed heavily behind Lawrence.
  • Dr. Lawrence was strolling at a leisurely pace, leaning rather heavily on his walking stick.
2.1In a way that is mentally oppressive or hard to endure: it is a burden that weighs heavily on his shoulders tension hung heavily in the air
More example sentences
  • Sometimes, the weight of memory and time weighs heavily.
  • The weight of expectation understandably rests heavily on his shoulders.
  • But right now this is weighing so heavily on my mind that I don't know how I can not mention it.
2.2Slowly and loudly: she was breathing heavily the man in the next room was snoring heavily
More example sentences
  • "Gallant Jong Suk" was her nickname, named after her habit of breathing heavily when working and marching.
  • It was some time later when they eventually drew slightly apart, both gasping to breathe heavily, hardly able to speak.
2.3In a slow way that expresses sadness: he sighed heavily
More example sentences
  • Its king breathed heavily in his palace, all alone.

Definition of heavily in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtɛnɪbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure