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adverb highly pronunciation in American English /ˈhaɪli/
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  1. 1
    used before some adjectives to mean “very” or “very well”

    Williams is a highly competitive player who hates losing.

    I think it’s highly unlikely that the project will be finished on time.

    She’s a highly educated young woman.

    highly paid (=earning a lot of money):

    highly paid company directors

    a highly paid job

  2. 2
    used for saying that someone or something is considered to be very good or very important

    She has often said how highly she values your friendship.

    highly regarded/respected/valued:

    a highly valued member of the staff

    He is very highly regarded by his fellow musicians.

    speak/think highly of:

    Everyone we talked to spoke very highly of him.

    someone comes highly recommended (=people have said good things about someone):

    The new chef comes highly recommended by the food critics.



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