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English definition of “severely”

severely

adverb uk   /sɪˈvɪə.li/ us    /-ˈvɪr-/

severely adverb (VERY SERIOUSLY)

B2 very seriously: Their daughter was severely injured in a car accident. severely disabled/handicapped Job opportunities are severely limited/restricted at the moment.

severely adverb (NOT KINDLY)

in a way that is not kind or does not show sympathy: I was severely reprimanded by my boss. "I will not allow that kind of behaviour in my class," the teacher said severely.

severely adverb (PLAINLY)

completely plainly: She dresses very severely.
(Definition of severely from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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