Meaning of “sharply” in the English Dictionary

"sharply" in British English

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uk /ˈʃɑː us /ˈʃɑː

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 situation.

sharply adverb (FASHIONABLE)

in a fashionable way:

to be sharply dressed

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

"sharply" in American English

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us /ˈʃɑr·pli/

sharply adverb (SUDDENLY)

in a sudden and immediately noticeable way:

Interest rates rose sharply last month.

sharply adverb (STRONGLY)

in a way that is strongly felt or that has a strong effect:

The movie is sharply funny in these scenes.

sharply adverb (SEVERELY)

in a strong way that is intended to be painful:

The current government has sharply criticized the court.

sharply adverb (CLEARLY)

in a way that is easy to see or understand; clearly:

We have sharply differing views on this issue.

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

"sharply" in Business English

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uk /ˈʃɑːpli/ us /ˈʃɑːr-/

in a way that is sudden and very noticeable:

rise/fall sharply Inflation has risen sharply.
Dealer sales fell sharply in August.

severely and angrily:

I wrote them a sharply-worded letter of complaint.
Some lawmakers sharply criticized the proposal.

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