Definition of severely in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈvirlē/


1To an undesirably great or intense degree: our business has been severely affected by the slowdown [as submodifier]: severely injured patients
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  • The basis of their ire is severely depleted groundwater.
  • In fact some poor continued on out-relief at a severely reduced rate.
  • The film suffers from naturalistic excesses, at times severely.
2Strictly or harshly: the culprits will be severely punished
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  • Subsequent cases of academic dishonesty will be dealt with quite severely.
  • The implementation stage of the fair value scheme has been severely criticised.
  • The team that has already been severely punished by FIA earlier this year, also seems to be safe for now.
2.1In a formal and unsmiling way: “I hope you’re not trying to steal my girlfriend,” I said severely
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  • They were typical young recruits, too half-witted to know any better, but Ma was so fed up, he criticized them severely.
  • This means that when fundamentalists say they are obeying the word of God, they have severely understated the authority for their position.
  • In 1932 the cast would have been severely reprimanded backstage afterwards - and worse!
3In a very plain style: her hair was severely pulled back into a bun
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  • It is now unusual to add eggs or fat, and rice pudding has tended to become a severely plain nursery dish.
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