Meaning of “sharply” in the English Dictionary

"sharply" in British English

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sharplyadverb

uk /ˈʃɑːp.li/ us /ˈʃɑːrp.li/

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.

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

"sharply" in American English

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sharplyadverb

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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sharplyadverb

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)