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Definition of hotly adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1done in an angry or excited way or with a lot of strong feeling a hotly debated topic Recent reports in the press have been hotly denied. “Nonsense!” he said hotly. The results were hotly disputed.
  2. 2done with a lot of energy and determination synonym closely hotly contested elections She ran out of the store,hotly pursued by the store detective.
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