Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “severely”

See all translations

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.
More examples

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.
Translations of “severely”
in Chinese (Traditional) 非常嚴重地, 嚴重地…
in Chinese (Simplified) 非常严重地, 严重地…
(Definition of severely from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of severely?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “severely” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

baby

a very young child, especially one that has not yet begun to walk or talk

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More