heavily

Anything that happens heavily is weighty, extensive, or labored. A car falling off its jack will crash heavily to the ground, and if you are a new runner, you'll be breathing heavily after the first mile.

Sometimes the adverb heavily simply describes the action of something heavy — like kids' feet pounding heavily up the stairs, or an airplane landing heavily on the runway. There's also the "large amount" or "a lot" meaning, like when rain falls heavily or a director is heavily influenced by the cartoons of her childhood. Breathing heavily, on the other hand, means "with effort."

Primary Meanings of heavily

1.
adv
slowly as if burdened by much weight
2.
adv
to a considerable degree
Full Definitions of heavily
1

adv slowly as if burdened by much weight

Synonyms:
heavy

adv in a heavy-footed manner

“he walked heavily up the three flights to his room”

adv with great force

“she hit her arm heavily against the wall”

adv in a labored manner

“he breathed heavily

adv in a manner designed for heavy duty

“a heavily constructed car”
heavily armed”
2

adv to a considerable degree

“he relied heavily on others' data”
Synonyms:
to a great extent

adv indulging excessively

“he drank heavily
Synonyms:
hard, intemperately
Antonyms:
lightly
indulging with temperance

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