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English definition of “sharply”

sharply

adverb uk   /ˈʃɑːp.li/ us    /ˈʃɑːrp-/

sharply adverb (SUDDENLY)

B2 quickly and suddenly: Inflation has risen/fallen sharply. His health improved/deteriorated sharply this week. The road bends sharply to the left.

sharply adverb (ABLE TO CUT)

in a way that will cut or make a hole: a sharply pointed nail severely and angrily: a sharply-worded letter of complaint He spoke sharply to his daughter. The police have been sharply criticized for their handling of the affair.

sharply adverb (CLEARLY)

clearly and obviously: a sharply focused photograph We have sharply differing views.

sharply adverb (FASHIONABLE)

in a fashionable way: to be sharply dressed

sharply adverb (CLEVER)

quickly noticing things: Her ears are sharply attuned to her baby's cry.
(Definition of sharply from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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