Definition of highly in English:


Syllabification: high·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈhīlē


1To a high degree or level: [as submodifier]: a highly dangerous substance highly paid people a highly placed official
More example sentences
  • Even exposure to relatively low levels of this highly poisonous gas can cause brain damage or death.
  • On one side the tiles are broken and the steps into the pool are loose and highly dangerous.
  • She said she did not blame the driver, but felt the junction was highly dangerous.
1.1Favorably: he was highly regarded by his colleagues
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  • 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.
  • He's a screenwriter and apparently is very highly regarded in the industry.


Old English hēalīce (see high, -ly1).

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