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English definition of “sharp”


adjective [-er/-est only] (STRONGLY FELT)   /ʃɑrp/
strongly felt : As he leaned over, he felt a sudden , sharp pain in his lower back. This sauce is pretty sharp (= It has a strong taste ).
(Definition of sharp adjective (STRONGLY FELT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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