heavily vs strongly : Common Errors in English

About heavily vs strongly

“Heavily” is not an all-purpose synonym for “strongly.” It should be reserved for expressions in which literal or metaphorical weight or density is implied, like “heavily underlined,” “heavily influenced,” “heavily armed,“ or “heavily traveled.” Not standard are expressions like “heavily admired” or “heavily characteristic of.” People sometimes use “heavily” when they mean “heartily,” as in “heavily praised.”

heavily Meaning(s)

  • (r) to a considerable degree
  • (r) in a heavy-footed manner
  • (r) with great force
  • (r) in a manner designed for heavy duty
  • (r) slowly as if burdened by much weight
  • (r) in a labored manner
  • (r) indulging excessively

strongly Meaning(s)

  • (r) with strength or in a strong manner
  • (r) in a powerful manner

heavily in News

  1. Gannett, Safeway, Men's Wearhouse are big movers

    Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE The Men's Wearhouse Inc., up $2.02 at $37.61 The men's clothing retailer said ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Why Hasn't Anyone Else in D.C. Revealed Details on the Breadth of NSA Spying?

    There are over 400 people, heavily involved in politics, who used to have access to top secret government information but never went through any security clearance process. You know some of their names: Rick Santorum, Allen West, Bob Dole. Why haven't any of the politicians you haven't heard of, or wouldn't hear of if they stayed anonymous — former members of Congress who might want to score a ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News

  3. Autopsy: Slain architect heavily drunk at time of death

    A prominent San Diego architect who was fatally bludgeoned two months ago during a party at his Bankers Hill home -- allegedly by a man who worked at his firm -- was heavily intoxicated at the time, according to autopsy results released Wednesday.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Channel 8 San Diego

strongly in News

  1. VIX back below 17 as stocks rebound

    Equity indexes rebounded strongly yesterday, more than making up for Wednesday's losses as the market continues to see volatile swings. The S&P 500 gained 23.84 points, or 1.48 percent, to close at 1636.36. ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: optionMONSTER via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Landrieu 'strongly leaning' for immigration bill; Vitter will vote no without major changes

    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said Tuesday that she is "strongly leaning" to supporting a bipartisan immigration overhaul bill that would allow the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants to eventually qualify for citizenship if they pay back taxes, learn...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

  3. Bendon International Ltd. strongly opposes the proposed unsolicited offer by Teranga Gold Corporation to acquire ...

    Bendon International Ltd. strongly opposes the proposed unsolicited offer by Teranga Gold Corporation to acquire Oromin Explorations Ltd.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: CNW Group via Yahoo! Finance

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