high‧ly S2 W2
1 [+ adjective, adverb]
a highly successful politician
Tom's mother was highly critical of the school's approach.
highly competitive industries
a highly desirable neighborhood
It's highly unlikely that the project will be finished on time.
T.S. Eliot's highly influential poem, 'The Waste Land'
a highly controversial issue
2 [+ adjective, adverb]
to a high level or standard
She is a highly educated woman.
highly paid experts
a highly developed economy
in an important or powerful position:
a highly placed government official
4 especially British English high-strung American English
nervous and easily upset or excited:
a highly strung child