Meaning of “heavily” in the English Dictionary

"heavily" in British English

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heavilyadverb

uk /ˈhev.əl.i/ us /ˈhev.əl.i/

heavily adverb (TO A GREAT DEGREE)

B1 to a great degree:

The terrorists are heavily armed.
The compound is heavily guarded.
She's heavily involved in the project.

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  • Estimates of the amount of money needed to decontaminate the heavily polluted chemical installations vary.
  • The country depends heavily on foreign aid.
  • It had snowed heavily during the night and in the morning the garden was a white fairyland.
  • The forest has been so heavily logged that it is in danger of disappearing.
  • When I saw him after the accident he was still in shock and was heavily sedated.

(Definition of “heavily” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"heavily" in American English

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heavilyadverb

us /ˈhev·ə·li/

to a great degree, or with a great amount or force:

heavily armed
She’s heavily involved in politics.
The news weighed heavily on his mother.

(Definition of “heavily” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"heavily" in Business English

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heavilyadverb

uk /ˈhevɪli/ us

a lot or to a large degree:

In France and Switzerland, the agriculture sector is heavily subsidised.
China is heavily dependent on coal, which currently accounts for about 68% of its energy.
We are looking to invest heavily in property over the next 24 months.

(Definition of “heavily” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)