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English definition of “heavy”


adjective (TO A GREAT DEGREE)    /ˈhev.i/
B1 ( especially of something unpleasant ) of very or especially great force , amount , or degree : a heavy blow to the head heavy fighting heavy traffic heavy rain / snow a heavy smoker / drinker a heavy sleeper Serious and severeSevere heavy seas sea that is rough with large waves Waves
(Definition of heavy adjective (TO A GREAT DEGREE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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