Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In an intense or fiery way: a hotly contested will.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. With great amounts of heat
  • adv. In a heated manner; intensely or vehemently

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a hot or fiery manner; ardently; vehemently; violently; hastily.
  • adv. In a lustful manner; lustfully.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a hot manner; ardently; vehemently; violently.

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

  • adv. in a heated manner

Etymologies

hot +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On a positive note, as I see it, the market continues to offer chances for smaller shops to win hotly contested midline ($75k-$150k) assignments.

    New Survey: European Clients More Likely to Pay for Pitches « Art & Business of Motion

  • The first lady will also be stumping for three Democratic candidates in hotly contested House races: Rep. Debbie Halvorson, Rep. Bill Foster and candidate Dan Seals.

    Obama To Stump For Giannoulias, Attend Chicago Fundraiser In October

  • After putting its energy into the 2008 acquisition of Northwest Airlines, the Atlanta-based carrier plans to spend more than $2 billion through 2013 to lure travelers with new flat-bed seats, video on demand and upgraded facilities in hotly contested markets such as New York.

    Delta Refocuses

  • This year's heavy spending means voters in hotly contested states are inundated.

    Political spending races toward record $5.3B

  • She even asked President Bush when she and other grieving parents met with him during a campaign stop in hotly contested Ohio.

    01/17/2006

  • Make your donations today to Democrats in hotly-contested Senate races .....

    Sound Politics: Congratulations, Maria!

  • Granser promptly began to weep, while Edwin hotly took up his defense.

    The Scarlet Plague

  • "Why, look thee, Sibyll, suppose his warning true; suppose that at this hour I sought thee with intent to say that that destiny which ambition weaves for itself forbade me to fulfil a word hotly spoken; that I could not wed thee, -- should I not seem to thee a false wooer, a poor trifler with thy earnest heart; and so, couldst thou not recall the love of him whose truer and worthier homage yet lingers in thine ear, and with him be happy?"

    The Last of the Barons — Volume 08

  • The ones who are the sole opposition against incumbants should soldier on, but I’d like to see Al and others like him in hotly contested races get a break before election day.

    Waldo Jaquith - Gail Parker may withdraw.

  • "Her taste is no worse than -- than that of the rest of the women," Vance broke in hotly.

    CHAPTER 16

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