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Strongly or Heavily :

“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."

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