- 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▸ + PHRASES1. ) 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 riversbe 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 jobsheavily populated urban areasHer 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 armedcarrying a lot of weaponsheavily builta heavily built person is big and strong but not fatheavily guardedguarded by a lot of people, usually with weaponsheavily pregnanta 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.