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adverb heavily pronunciation in British English /ˈhevɪli/
  1. 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.
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  2. 2
    very
    Both of us are heavily involved in charity work.
    heavily polluted rivers
    The economy is heavily dependent on coal exports.
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  3. 3
    in large amounts
    They had borrowed heavily to buy the boat.
    smoke/drink heavily: She had been smoking heavily since her teens.
    bleed heavily: I was bleeding heavily from the cut.
  4. 4
    with a lot of force
    He slipped and fell heavily.
    She leaned heavily on the table.
  5. 5
    if you breathe heavily, you breathe slowly and loudly
    He was fast asleep in the chair, snoring heavily.
    I was very unfit, so I was puffing heavily by now.
  6. 6
    slowly and in a way that shows that you feel sad, tired, or ill
    He walked heavily away.
    ‘It’s too late,’ she said heavily.
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  7. 7
    in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable or unhappy
    The prospect of breaking her promise lay heavily on her mind.

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