Definition of badly in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbadli

adverb (worse /wəːs/, worst /wəːst/)

  • 2Used to emphasize the seriousness of an unpleasant event or action: the building was badly damaged by fire
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    • Two pet dogs were killed and an historic building badly damaged in a fire at Castle Combe on the night of Wednesday 26 February.
    • The building was so badly damaged in the fire it will have to be demolished.
    • Not only does that stop development and investment; perhaps even more seriously, it badly damages race relations in this country.
  • 2.1Very much or intensely: I wanted a baby so badly
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    • Meanwhile a 15-year-old girl is still in intensive care after being badly hurt on the same stretch two weeks ago.
    • Such memories of Artest are common in Chicago, and though the team badly misses his defensive intensity, it does not miss his shenanigans.
    • Has the immune system been badly weakened by over intensive exercise?
    very much, greatly, intensely, desperately, exceedingly, painfully, sorely
    informal seriously
  • 3In a guilty or regretful way: I felt badly about my unfriendliness
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    • We felt badly about our stock's performance last year.
    • I wanted him to say that he felt badly, felt horrible.
    • I felt badly about tying up the room for half an hour, but the volunteer staff said not to worry.


badly off

At a disadvantage, especially by being poor: they are not as badly off as they try to make out I’m not badly off—I have some money from my mother
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  • Consider first those people who are badly off: those who are suffering, or destitute, or those whose fundamental needs have not been met.
  • And Salvadore says there are others as badly off.
  • So document-wise, I'm not too badly off, either.

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