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[hahy-lee] /ˈhaɪ li/

in or to a high degree; extremely:
highly amusing; highly seasoned food.
with high appreciation or praise; admiringly:
to speak highly of a person.
more than adequately; generously:
a highly paid consultant.
(intensifier): highly pleased, highly disappointed
with great approbation or favour: we spoke highly of it
in a high position: placed highly in class
at or for a high price or cost

Old English healice “nobly, gloriously, honorably;” see high (adj.) + -ly (1). Meaning “very, very much, fully” is mid-14c.


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