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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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