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"severe" in British English

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severeadjective

uk   /sɪˈvɪər/  us   /səˈvɪr/
  • severe adjective (VERY SERIOUS)

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.
extreme or very difficult: This will be a severe test of our strength.

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

"severe" in American English

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severeadjective

 us   /səˈvɪr/
  • severe adjective (VERY SERIOUS)

causing great pain, difficulty, damage, etc.; very serious: a severe earthquake The family faced severe challenges when he lost his job.
  • severe adjective (NOT KIND)

not kind or sympathetic; harsh: severe criticism
(Definition of severe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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A bunch of stuff about plurals
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