heavily


heavily
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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 troops
His wife was heavily pregnant at the time.
it rains/snows heavily
It's been raining heavily all day.
drink/smoke heavily
Paul was drinking heavily by then.
heavily dependent/reliant/influenced
Britain is heavily dependent on imports for its raw materials.
2.) sleep heavily
if you sleep heavily, you cannot be woken easily
3.) breathe heavily
to breathe slowly and loudly
Breathing heavily, I stopped and sat down to rest.
4.) heavily built
having a large broad body that looks strong
5.) if you do or say something heavily, you do it slowly and with a lot of effort, especially because you are sad or bored
He was walking heavily, his head down.
Emily sighed heavily.
'I suppose so,' she said heavily.
6.) be heavily into sth informal
to do something a lot or be very interested in it
Sid was heavily into drugs by the time he left school.

Dictionary of contemporary 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 — 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 ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) in large amounts: They had borrowed heavily to buy… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 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 — [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