Meaning of “severely” in the English Dictionary

"severely" in British English

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uk /sɪˈvɪə.li/ us /səˈvɪ

severely adverb (VERY SERIOUSLY)

B2 very seriously:

Their daughter was severely injured in a car accident.
Job opportunities are severely limited/restricted at the moment.

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  • Their movements have been severely circumscribed since the laws came into effect.
  • The arms-dealing affair has severely damaged the reputation of the government.
  • The last government severely curtailed trade union rights.
  • The accident left him severely disabled.
  • The court heard how the child had been severely ill-treated by his parents.

(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 teacher spoke severely to the noisy children.

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