1 adv Highly is used before some adjectives to mean `very'.
Mr Singh was a highly successful salesman..., ...the highly controversial nuclear energy programme.
2 adv You use highly to indicate that someone has an important position in an organization or set of people.
...a highly placed government advisor.
3 adv If someone is highly paid, they receive a large salary.
He was the most highly paid member of staff.
4 adv If you think highly of something or someone, you think they are very good indeed. ADV after v, ADV -ed ...one of the most highly regarded chefs in the French capital.
highly strung , highly-strung
in AM, use high-strung If someone is highly strung, they are very nervous and easily upset. adj
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