severely Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “severely” in the English Dictionary

"severely" in British English

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uk   /sɪˈvɪə.li/  us   /-ˈvɪr-/

severely adverb (VERY SERIOUSLY)

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

completelyplainly: She ​dresses very severely.
(Definition of severely from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"severely" in American English

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 us   /səˈvɪər·li/

severely adverb (BADLY)

in a very ​bad or ​serious way: Several ​people were severely ​injured in the ​accident.

severely adverb (IN AN UNKIND WAY)

in a very ​unkind or ​unpleasant way: The ​teacherspoke severely to the ​noisychildren.
(Definition of severely from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “severely”
in Chinese (Simplified) 非常严重地, 严重地…
in Chinese (Traditional) 非常嚴重地, 嚴重地…
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