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American English: /ˈbædli/
British English: /ˈbadli/

Translation of badly in Spanish:

adverb comparative worse superlative worst

  • 1 (poorly)
    badly explained/organized
    mal explicado/organizado
    to do badlyour team did badly
    a nuestro equipo le fue mal
    the pound did badly against the dollar
    la libra bajó bastante respecto al dólar
    we're not doing badly
    vamos bastante bien
    the firm did badly out of the deal
    la empresa salió mal parada del trato or se perjudicó con el trato
    Example sentences
    • Both nurses and doctors are working under intense pressure in a service that has been appallingly under-resourced and badly managed.
    • That leader must be bold enough to say that devolution is working badly because it is inadequate, that the denial of fiscal autonomy makes for irresponsible and incompetent government.
    • Parking in Devizes is inadequate, badly organised and is driving people to other towns where parking is free and easier to find.
  • 2 (unfavorably)
    the play was badly received
    la obra fue mal recibida
    the interview went badly for him
    le fue mal en la entrevista
    Example sentences
    • Yes, some criticism is misplaced and should be rejected, but this isn't always the case even with criticism that is badly or rudely phrased.
    • I take criticism very badly, and when I think it is not deserved it sends me into a state of fear and depression.
    • It reflects very badly on NSW Police service and it's no wonder residents no longer give information to police because complaints are not acted on.
  • 3 (improperly)
    Example sentences
    • But feeling really rather badly treated by the staff I decided to resign from the Social Committee.
    • While we were eating, one of the children - a boy aged about seven - behaved rather badly, and this brought a stern rebuke from his father.
    • But the old king was very angry when he saw how his daughter behaved and how badly she treated all his guests.
  • 4 (intensely, severely) (as intensifier) he was badly injured
    resultó gravemente herido
    resultó herido de gravedad
    a badly scratched record
    un disco muy or terriblemente rayado
    you're badly mistaken
    estás muy equivocado
    I miss her badly
    la echo muchísimo de menos
    you badly need a haircut
    te hace mucha falta cortarte el pelo
    they badly wanted a home of their own
    estaban desesperados por tener su propia casa
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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?
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