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American English: /ˈhaɪli/
British English: /ˈhʌɪli/


  • 1.1 (to a high degree) See examples: it's highly probable/unlikely
    es muy/muy poco probable
    she's a highly intelligent child
    es una niña inteligentísima or sumamente inteligente
    his methods are highly unconventional
    sus métodos son muy poco ortodoxos
    highly dangerous
    peligroso en extremo
    highly educated
    muy culto
    our highly trained/skilled workforce
    nuestra mano de obra altamente capacitada/calificada
    food that is too highly spiced/seasoned
    comida excesivamente condimentada/sazonada
    she praised him highly
    lo puso por las nubes
    he's highly esteemed/respected by his colleagues
    sus colegas lo tienen en gran estima/lo respetan mucho
    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.
    1.2 (favorably) See examples: his boss speaks/thinks very highly of him
    su jefe habla muy bien/tiene muy buena opinión de él
    I can't recommend her highly enough
    la recomiendo sin ninguna reserva
    he came to us highly recommended
    vino con excelentes recomendaciones
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.3 (at a high rate) See examples: a highly paid job
    un trabajo muy bien pagado or remunerado
    1.4 (in a high position) See examples: a highly placed official
    un alto cargo
    un funcionario importante

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