heavily - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    to a large degree

    an area that relied heavily on the mines for jobs

    Her work was heavily influenced by her father’s.

  2. 2

    Both of us are heavily involved in charity work.

    The economy is heavily dependent on coal exports.

  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.