Meaning of “highly” in the English Dictionary

"highly" in British English

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highlyadverb

uk /ˈhaɪ.li/ us /ˈhaɪ.li/

highly adverb (ABOVE AVERAGE)

B2 very, to a large degree, or at a high level:

a highly paid job
a highly profitable line of products
For our country to remain competitive, we need a highly-skilled, highly-educated workforce.
think/speak highly of sb

C2 to admire or say admiring things about someone:

He's very highly thought of within the company.

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

"highly" in American English

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highlyadverb

us /ˈhɑɪ·li/

highly adverb (AT HIGH LEVEL)

very, to a large degree, or at a high level:

a highly paid job
We need a highly skilled, highly educated workforce.

highly adverb (IN IMPORTANT POSITION)

in an important or influential position:

The statement was made by a highly placed official.

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

"highly" in Business English

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highlyadverb

uk /ˈhaɪli/ us

very, to a large degree, or at a high level:

The firm was highly profitable and had a strong balance sheet.
It is an able, young and highly motivated workforce.
highly educated/qualified/skilled Technical experts, highly trained chemists, engineers, technicians and operators help ensure that all the company's facilities meet high standards of safety.

in a position that is important or that has a lot of influence:

One highly-placed source said that a wide range of bids had gone in.

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