What does Highly mean?

Definitions for Highly
ˈhaɪ lihigh·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. highly, extremelyadverb

    to a high degree or extent; favorably or with much respect

    "highly successful"; "He spoke highly of her"; "does not think highly of his writing"; "extremely interesting"

  2. highlyadverb

    at a high rate or wage

    "highly paid workers"

  3. highlyadverb

    in a high position or level or rank

    "details known by only a few highly placed persons"


  1. highlyadverb

    In a high or esteemed manner.

    He spoke highly of you.

  2. highlyadverb

    extremely; greatly; awfully

    He is in a highly visible job.

  3. Etymology: From hiȝly, heȝly, heyȝliche, from healice, equivalent to. Cognate with hoogelijk, höchlich, højlig, högligen.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Highlyadverb

    Etymology: from high.

    Whatever expedients can allay those heats, which break us into different factions, cannot but be useful to the publick, and highly tend to its safety. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    It cannot but be highly requisite for us to support and enliven our faith, by dwelling often on the same considerations. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    What thou wouldst highly,
    That thou wouldst holily; wouldst not play false,
    And yet wouldst wrongly win. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think. Rom. xii. 3.


  1. highly

    Highly refers to something being done to a great extent, degree or level. It often indicates that something is extremely, considerably or greatly happening or performed. It can also refer to expressing a strong positive opinion about something or someone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Highlyadverb

    in a high manner, or to a high degree; very much; as, highly esteemed

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. highly

    [scientific computation] The preferred modifier for overstating an understatement. As in: highly nonoptimal, the worst possible way to do something; highly nontrivial, either impossible or requiring a major research project; highly nonlinear, completely erratic and unpredictable; highly nontechnical, drivel written for lusers, oversimplified to the point of being misleading or incorrect (compare drool-proof paper). In other computing cultures, postfixing of in the extreme might be preferred.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Highly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1081

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Highly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2295

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Highly' in Adverbs Frequency: #108

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Highly in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Highly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Highly in a Sentence

  1. Mark Milley:

    Russia continues to pay severely for its war of choice, unlike Ukrainian forces, who are highly motivated to fight for their country, to fight for their freedom, their democracy and their way of life, the Russians lack of leadership, they lack will, the morale is poor, and the discipline is eroding.

  2. Daniel Ives:

    Ultimately this strategy is laying the breadcrumbs to the highly anticipated AR headset Apple Glasses set to make Apple Glasses debut likely before holiday season or latest early 2023.

  3. Defense Secretary Robert Gates:

    The ABL program has significant affordability and technology problems, and the program’s proposed operational role is highly questionable.

  4. Bruce Walker:

    On the other hand, if some viruses sneak through and infect a cell ; then the body is dependent upon T cells to eliminate the virus, and therein lies the opportunity for us to rethink what we're doing in terms of vaccination -- because those T cells, at least theoretically, could be highly potent and could attenuate the disease. In other words, they wouldn't protect against infection, but they might make infections so asymptomatic that you would not notice it yourself and, in fact, you would never have enough virus in your body to transmit it to somebody else. That's the hypothesis.

  5. Stuart Osborne:

    We had a network of highly dangerous men based in three cities who were working together to plan terrorist attacks in the Usman Khan, had we not taken action to disrupt this network, their actions could have resulted in serious casualties or fatalities.

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    relating to a technique that does not involve puncturing the skin or entering a body cavity
    A obnoxious
    B disjointed
    C noninvasive
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