badly Meaning in Cambridge American English Dictionary
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badlyadverb

 us   /ˈbæd·li/

badly adverb (MUCH)

[not gradable] (not standard bad,  /bæd/ ) much or very much: The UN sent 90 tons of badly needed food. Texas wants very badly to be considered tops in the school system.

badly adverb (IN UNACCEPTABLE WAY)

[not gradable] (comparative worse  /wɜrs/ , superlative worst  /wɜrst/ ) (not standard bad) in a way that is not acceptable: The event was badly organized. He behaved badly.

badly adverb (SEVERELY)

(comparative worse  /wɜrs/ , superlative worst  /wɜrst/ ) (not standard bad) in an extreme way; seriously or severely: His face was badly bruised and swollen after the accident. He took the news of his sister’s death badly.
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