highly

highly
[[t]ha͟ɪli[/t]]
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1) ADV: ADV adj Highly is used before some adjectives to mean `very'.

Mr Singh was a highly successful salesman...

It seems highly unlikely that she ever existed.

...the highly controversial nuclear energy programme.

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2) ADV-GRADED: ADV -ed You use highly to indicate that someone has an important position in an organization or set of people.

...a highly placed government advisor.

...highly ranked soccer teams.

3) ADV-GRADED: ADV -ed If someone is highly paid, they receive a large salary.

He was the most highly paid member of staff.

4) ADV-GRADED: ADV after v, ADV -ed If you think highly of something or someone, you think they are very good indeed.

Daphne and Michael thought highly of the school.

...one of the most highly regarded chefs in the French capital.


English dictionary. 2008.

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