› larger in number or amount than usual: heavy taxes/fines/subsidies Those found to be violating the law could face heavy fines. Salaries and bonuses of directors have been cut by a third after heavy criticism of 'fat-cat' payments. There are worries that the dollar will come under heavy pressure later in the year. a heavy burden/debt/loss heavy demand/selling/investment
› involving a lot of work and effort: a heavy workload/schedule
heavy on sth › having a lot of something: Some faculty members have criticized the board as too heavy on business people and too light on educational experience.
pay a heavy price (for sth) › to be in a very difficult situation because of a mistake or bad decision that has been made: If we reject the deal, we will pay a heavy price in terms of trade, jobs, and investment.