heav|i|ly [ `hevıli ] adverb ***
▸ 1 in large amounts
▸ 2 very
▸ 3 to a large degree
▸ 4 with a lot of force
▸ 5 in uncomfortable way
▸ 6 slowly and sadly
▸ 7 slowly and loudly
1. ) in large amounts:
They had borrowed heavily to buy the boat.
smoke/drink heavily: She had been smoking heavily since her teens.
bleed heavily: I was bleeding heavily from the cut.
2. ) very:
The economy is heavily dependent on coal exports.
heavily polluted rivers
be heavily into something (=be very involved or interested in something): I was heavily into music at that time.
Both of us are heavily involved in charity work.
3. ) to a large degree:
an area that relied heavily on the mines for jobs
heavily populated urban areas
Her work was heavily influenced by her father's.
4. ) with a lot of force:
He slipped and fell heavily.
She leaned heavily on the table.
5. ) in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable or unhappy:
The food was sitting heavily in her stomach.
The prospect of breaking her promise lay heavily on her mind.
6. ) slowly and in a way that shows that you feel sad, tired, or sick:
He walked heavily away.
It's too late, she said heavily.
7. ) if you breathe heavily, you breathe slowly and loudly:
He was fast asleep in the chair, snoring heavily.
I was very unfit, so I was puffing heavily by now.
sigh heavily: Her father sighed heavily.
heavily armed
carrying a lot of weapons
heavily built
a heavily built person is big and strong but not fat
heavily guarded
guarded by a lot of people, usually with weapons
heavily pregnant
a heavily pregnant woman has a very large stomach because her baby will be born soon

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Heavily — Heav i*ly, adv. [From 2d {Heavy}.] 1. In a heavy manner; with great weight; as, to bear heavily on a thing; to be heavily loaded. [1913 Webster] Heavily interested in those schemes of emigration. The Century. [1913 Webster] 2. As if burdened with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heavily — [hev′ə lē] adv. in a heavy manner; specif., a) with a heavy weight [heavily burdened] b) as if with a heavy weight; slowly; clumsily; laboriously [to rise heavily from one s seat] c) oppressively; severely [heavily taxed] d) abundantly [heavily… …   English World dictionary

  • heavily — UK US /ˈhevɪli/ adverb ► a lot or to a large degree: »In France and Switzerland, the agriculture sector is heavily subsidised. »China is heavily dependent on coal, which currently accounts for about 68% of its energy. »We are looking to invest… …   Financial and business terms

  • heavily — O.E. hefiglice violently, intensely; sorrowfully; sluggishly, from hefig (see HEAVY (Cf. heavy)) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • heavily */*/*/ — UK [ˈhevɪlɪ] / US adverb 1) to a large degree an area that relied heavily on the mines for jobs heavily populated urban areas Her work was heavily influenced by her father s. 2) very Both of us are heavily involved in charity work. heavily… …   English dictionary

  • heavily — heav|ily W3 [ˈhevıli] adv 1.) in large amounts, to a high degree, or with great severity = ↑very ▪ I became heavily involved in politics. ▪ The report was heavily criticized in the press. ▪ a heavily populated area ▪ thousands of heavily armed… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • heavily — [ˈhevɪli] adv 1) very, or to a large degree heavily populated areas[/ex] Her work was heavily influenced by her father s.[/ex] The men were heavily armed (= carrying a lot of weapons).[/ex] 2) in large amounts She had been smoking heavily since… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • heavily — adverb 1. to a considerable degree (Freq. 23) he relied heavily on others data • Syn: ↑to a great extent • Derived from adjective: ↑heavy 2. in a heavy footed manner (Freq. 7) …   Useful english dictionary

  • heavily — /hev euh lee/, adv. 1. with a great weight or burden: a heavily loaded wagon. 2. in a manner suggestive of carrying a great weight; ponderously; lumberingly: He walked heavily across the room. 3. in an oppressive manner: Cares weigh heavily upon… …   Universalium

  • heavily — heav•i•ly [[t]ˈhɛv ə li[/t]] adv. 1) with a great weight: heavily loaded[/ex] 2) ponderously; lumberingly: to walk heavily[/ex] 3) oppressively: Cares weigh heavily upon him[/ex] 4) severely; intensely: to suffer heavily[/ex] 5) densely; thickly …   From formal English to slang

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