Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a high or esteemed manner.
  • adv. extremely; greatly; awfully

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a high manner, or to a high degree; very much.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a high manner; to a high degree; in a high state or condition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a high position or level or rank
  • adv. at a high rate or wage
  • adv. to a high degree or extent; favorably or with much respect

Etymologies

From Middle English hiȝly, heȝly, heyȝliche, from Old English hēalīce ("highly"), equivalent to high +‎ -ly. Cognate with Dutch hoogelijk ("highly"), German höchlich ("highly"), Danish højlig ("highly"), Swedish högligen ("highly"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • From either point of view the authors are highly gifted individuals’ [!] —highly gifted individuals, who, notwithstanding their diversities, and the progressiveness observable in their representations of the nature of God, are wonderfully consistent in the main tenor of their writings, and serve, in general, for mutual confirmation and illustration.

    IX. On Reading the Bible (II)

  • They say the term highly vulnerable is very subjective.

    CNN Transcript May 19, 2007

  • It's interesting, their take is the term highly vulnerable is very subjective.

    CNN Transcript May 19, 2007

  • In the interim, I've stopped using the term highly evolved business because, in my opinion, business structures and approaches have not yet really reached the required level of sophistication.

    BeyeNETWORK Content

  • The unique approach to crossing punk style designs with classic, sophisticated clothing styles has made the label highly regarded in both Japan and a growing international community.

    SLAMXHYPE

  • Sony, which said it was taken off guard by what it called highly sophisticated criminal attacks, vowed to strengthen its network security, in part by adding firewalls and additional encryption.

    Sony Hits Restart on Games Network

  • Mr. Yood said his review is examining what he called "highly questionable transactions" a former chief executive "caused the hospital to enter into with third-party vendors, including Paul Randall."

    In Small California Hospitals, the Marketing of Back Surgery

  • Indeed it can be argued that military force in the short term highly encouraged and hardened Islamist "extremism."

    Michael Vlahos: Did We Lose the War?

  • Google, unusually, did admit to having lost intellectual property during Operation Aurora, which it called a "highly sophisticated and targeted attack" that originated in China.

    Your Wall Has Ears

  • Thanks to the creep of Big Golf (like Big Pharma or Big Oil, this is what I call the highly exportable multinational version of the game on championship courses where grass resembles carpet and lakes are Disney-blue), it's become a pernicious environmental hazard dressed up as quality outdoor time.

    What are the greenest golf courses?

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