- [ˈhevɪli]adv1) very, or to a large degreeheavily populated areas[/ex]Her work was heavily influenced by her father's.[/ex]The men were heavily armed (= carrying a lot of weapons).[/ex]2) in large amountsShe had been smoking heavily since her teens.[/ex]They had borrowed heavily to buy the boat.[/ex]3) with a lot of force or effortShe leaned heavily on the table.[/ex]The older man was now breathing heavily.[/ex]4) slowly, in a way that shows that you feel sad or tiredShe grabbed the chair and pulled herself up heavily.[/ex]
Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.