What does highly mean?

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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.

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. Steve Xu:

    I think the important thing is all the products in our cohort are highly rated, everyone likes the cheap products as much as the expensive ones.

  2. Matti Marklund:

    We found those with the highest levels actually had the lowest risk of CVD( cardiovascular disease). These relationships are highly interesting, but we need further studies to better understand the full health impact of dairy fats and dairy foods.

  3. Andrew Freeman:

    Typically if you have not been exercising, we will get a stress test, a supervised graded exercise test to make sure that you don't have a heart attack while you exercise, exercise is very safe. It's highly effective.

  4. Mike Hulett:

    Daniel Kaye was operating as a highly skilled and capable hacker-for-hire, daniel Kaye activities inflicted substantial damage on numerous businesses in countries around the world, demonstrating the borderless nature of cyber crime.

  5. Marc Polymeropoulos:

    The motives of his recent moves at DoD and NSA remain unclear and are of course speculative, although the partisan personnel he put in place certainly suggest that he is stacking the deck, ultimately to win the fight over further declassification of intel related to the 2016 Russian investigation, if he did the same at CIA, install a new hyper-partisan director who would agree to further declassification efforts, it would not only expose and compromise highly classified sources and methods, but also taint the agency in the eyes of our international partners. Simply put, that puts America at great risk.

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