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badly

adverb uk   /ˈbæd.li/ (worse, worst) us  

badly adverb (UNPLEASANTLY)

A2 in a severe and harmful way: She was badly affected by the events in her childhood. Fortunately, none of the passengers was badly hurt/injured in the crash. I thought he was treated very badly.
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badly adverb (IN A BAD WAY)

A2 in a way that is not acceptable or of good quality: The event was really badly organized. I thought he behaved very badly. Their children are extremely badly behaved.
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badly adverb (VERY MUCH)

A2 very much: He needs the money really badly. They are badly in need of help.
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