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English definition of “severe”

severe

adjective (VERY SERIOUS)    /sɪˈvɪər/ US  /-ˈvɪr/
B2 causing very great pain, difficulty, worry, damage, etc.; very serious: a severe chest infection/leg injury/toothache This is a school for children with severe learning difficulties. In parts of Africa there is a severe food/water shortage. There is expected to be a severe frost tonight. Severe cutbacks in public spending have been announced.Serious and severeSevere extreme or very difficult: This will be a severe test of our strength.Complicated and difficult to doDifficult to understand
(Definition of severe adjective (VERY SERIOUS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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