Meaning of “drastic” in the English Dictionary

"drastic" in English

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uk /ˈdræs.tɪk/ us /ˈdræs.tɪk/

(Definition of “drastic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"drastic" in American English

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us /ˈdræs·tɪk/

(of a change) severe and sudden; extreme:

In the desert there’s a drastic change in temperature from day to night.
adverb us /ˈdræs·tɪk·li/

Our lives changed drastically when dad died and we had to move.

(Definition of “drastic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"drastic" in Business English

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uk /ˈdræstɪk/ us

severe and sudden, or having very noticeable effects:

He is not under pressure from his own electorate to do anything drastic.
a drastic decline/drop/reduction in sth
take drastic action/measures/steps The company is taking drastic action to reduce its debt by $14.3 billion.
drastic changes/cuts in sth

The manufacturer will also report drastically reduced turnover of £3.5m in the year to this month.

(Definition of “drastic” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)