What does heavily mean?

Definitions for heavily
ˈhɛv ə liheav·i·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word heavily.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. heavily, to a great extentadverb

    to a considerable degree

    "he relied heavily on others' data"

  2. heavilyadverb

    in a heavy-footed manner

    "he walked heavily up the three flights to his room"

  3. heavilyadverb

    with great force

    "she hit her arm heavily against the wall"

  4. heavilyadverb

    in a manner designed for heavy duty

    "a heavily constructed car"; "heavily armed"

  5. heavy, heavilyadverb

    slowly as if burdened by much weight

    "time hung heavy on their hands"

  6. heavilyadverb

    in a labored manner

    "he breathed heavily"

  7. heavily, intemperately, hardadverb

    indulging excessively

    "he drank heavily"


  1. Heavilyadverb

    Greatly; intensely; as, heavily involved in a plot; heavily invested in real estate.

  2. Heavilyadverb

    In large quantity; as, it rained heavily.


  1. heavilyadverb

    in a heavy manner

  2. heavilyadverb

    with a great weight

    heavily burdened

  3. heavilyadverb

    to a considerable degree, to a great extent

  4. heavilyadverb

    in a manner designed for heavy duty

  5. heavilyadverb

    so as to be thick or heavy

  6. heavilyadverb

    in a laboured manner

    he breathed heavily

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Heavilyadverb

    Etymology: from heavy.

    Ease must be impracticable to the envious: they lie under a double misfortune; common calamities and common blessings fall heavily upon them. Jeremy Collier, of Envy.

    I came hither to transport the tydings,
    Which I have heavily born. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Why looks your grace so heavily to-day?
    —— O, I have past a miserable night. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    This O’Neil took very heavily, because his condition in the army was less pleasant to him. Edward Hyde.


  1. heavily

    Heavily is an adverb that typically means to a great degree, in large amounts, or with a great weight or force. It can refer to doing something intensely, seriously or severely. The specific meaning of "heavily" often depends on the context in which it is used.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heavilyadverb

    in a heavy manner; with great weight; as, to bear heavily on a thing; to be heavily loaded

  2. Heavilyadverb

    as if burdened with a great weight; slowly and laboriously; with difficulty; hence, in a slow, difficult, or suffering manner; sorrowfully

  3. Etymology: [From 2d Heavy.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'heavily' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2481

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'heavily' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4591

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'heavily' in Adverbs Frequency: #204

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heavily in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heavily in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of heavily in a Sentence

  1. Larry Powell:

    This is a controversy that has spilled over to the nation, with most of it going on right here in Alabama, it’s really surprising to have such a competitive Senate race in a state that is normally heavily Republican.

  2. William Burns:

    I must admit, that watching the images of President Putin and Iran's supreme leader meeting yesterday … the reality is that Russians and Iranians need each other right now – both heavily sanctioned countries, both looking to break out of political isolation as well, but if they need each other, they don't really trust each other in the sense that their energy rivals and historical competitors.

  3. Hosam Zowawi:

    Yet, it is also very important to consider that a very small portion of the caves on planet earth have been discovered and the microbial ecology of the discovered caves are heavily understudied.

  4. Bart Graves:

    The tanker was heavily damaged in the rear so we had( to) pump out the liquid into the median so the tanker could be lifted onto a tow truck.

  5. Rania Jubran:

    The Jubran family was heavily traumatized. It took The Jubran family a very long time to even hear The Jubran family speak, at the time I was wrapping up my master's degree in clinical psychology with a focus on children, and so it was very dear to my heart seeing PTSD full-blown in front of me. It was really hard.

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