An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (to a high degree)
a. muy
They say laughter is a highly effective painkiller.Dicen que la risa es un analgésico muy eficaz.
b. sumamente
Our school only hires highly qualified professional educators.Nuestra escuela sólo contrata a educadores profesionales sumamente calificados.
c. altamente
The coach used highly sophisticated data analysis to improve the team's performance.El entrenador utilizó un análisis de datos altamente sofisticado para mejorar el rendimiento del equipo.
d. mucho
Shelly made a highly spiced apple pie for dessert.Shelly preparó un pay de manzana con muchas especias para el postre.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
A highly dangerous tornado is coming our way. We need to take shelter.Se aproxima un tornado peligrosísimo. Hay que resguardarnos.
The owner of the company is a highly intelligent woman.La dueña de la empresa es una mujer inteligentísima.
2. (in a high position)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
A highly placed official was arrested over the weekend for abuse of powers.Un alto funcionario fue detenido durante el fin de semana por abuso de poderes.
Natalie's father is a highly placed official in the military.El papá de Natalie es un oficial importante en el ejército.
3. (very well)
a. muy bien
Martha spoke highly of her coworkers at her farewell party.Martha habló muy bien de sus colegas en su fiesta de despedida.
b. muy bueno
Patrick thinks highly of his wife.Patrick tiene una muy buena opinión de su esposa.
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (very)
a. muy
highly paidmuy) bien pagado(a
highly seasonedmuy condimentado(a)
to be highly strungser muy nervioso(a)
to think highly of somebodytener buena opinión de alguien
highly [ˈhaɪlɪ]
1 (with adj, pp used as adj) [+effective, sensitive, controversial] muy; sumamente; [+qualified, developed, sophisticated] sumamente; altamente; [+significant] sumamente; tremendamente
highly acclaimed sumamente elogiado
a highly acclaimed biography
highly charged [+atmosphere, occasion, debate] muy tenso
it's a very highly-charged atmosphere here in a highly-charged debate, MPs from all parties demanded more money
highly coloured [+clothes, picture] de colores chillones; [+description, account] muy exagerado
the stuff of which many a highly-coloured, emotionally-charged tabloid newspaper story of the human interest variety is made highly [coloured] clothes a highly coloured autobiography
highly educated muy culto
he was a highly educated, clever man
highly intelligent sumamente inteligente; inteligentísimo
it is highly likely that he will win the competition es muy or sumamente probable que gane la competición
highly paid [+person, job] muy bien pagado
these people are already highly paid
a highly placed official un funcionario importante; un alto cargo
he is highly placed in the company está muy bien situado en la compañía
highly polished [+shoes, furniture, tiles] muy brillantes; [+book, film, description] muy bueno; muy pulido
highly polished boots the desk was broad, modern and highly polished a highly polished, well constructed movie a highly polished party election broadcast
highly qualified muy preparado; muy cualificado
he's very highly qualified Hugh was a highly qualified engineer
this book is highly recommended este libro está muy recomendado
she came to the job highly recommended vino muy bien recomendada
a highly regarded writer un escritor de mucha reputación
highly sexed muy sensual; con mucho apetito sexual
he's very highly-sexed a highly sexed woman
highly spiced con muchas especias; muy condimentado
highly strung muy nervioso; muy excitable
a highly successful businessman un hombre de negocios de muchísimo éxito
highly trained soldiers soldados sumamente adiestrados
the staff are highly trained el personal está altamente capacitado
it is highly unlikely that she will see you es muy poco probable que te reciba
this is a highly [unusual] state of affairs this is a highly unusual step for us they were not very highly paid
2 (with verb)
to praise sb highly alabar or elogiar mucho a algn
I can't praise him highly enough todo elogio que haga de él es poco
I don't rate him very highly no tengo muy buena opinión de él
his chances of survival are not rated very highly no se cree que tenga muchas posibilidades de sobrevivir
he is highly regarded by all his staff está muy bien considerado por todo su personal
these children score very highly in intelligence tests estos niños consiguen unas puntuaciones muy altas en los tests de inteligencia
to speak highly of sb/sth hablar muy bien de algn/algo
to think highly of sb/sth tener muy buena opinión de algn/algo
to value sth highly apreciar mucho algo
teaching should be valued as highly as research
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