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English definition of “ill”

ill

adverb     /ɪl/
literary badly: He treated her very ill.Not of good qualityRubbish and wasteInformal words for bad speak ill of sb formal or old-fashioned to say unkind things about someone: I realize one shouldn't speak ill of the dead.Critical and uncomplimentary augur/bode ill formal or old-fashioned to be a sign of bad things in the future: This weather bodes ill for the garden party tonight.Predicting things and intuition can ill afford (to do sth) formal or old-fashioned If you can ill afford to do something, it will cause problems for you if you do it: We can ill afford to lose another member of staff.Merely and barelyAlmost
(Definition of ill adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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