1. in or to a high degree; extremely: highly amusing; highly seasoned food.
  2. with high appreciation or praise; admiringly: to speak highly of a person.
  3. more than adequately; generously: a highly paid consultant.


  1. (intensifier)highly pleased; highly disappointed
  2. with great approbation or favourwe spoke highly of it
  3. in a high positionplaced highly in class
  4. 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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