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severe
American English: /səˈvɪr/
British English: /sɪˈvɪə/

Translation of severe in Spanish:

adjective severer, severest

  • 1 1.1 (strict, harsh)
    (punishment/judge)
    severo
    (discipline)
    riguroso
    estricto
    don't be too severe on him
    no seas muy severo or duro con él
    they were given a severe warning
    se les hizo una seria or severa advertencia
    Example sentences
    • Certainly, there should be stricter laws and more severe punishments for breaking them, if we want to live in a violence-free society.
    • It was a strict regime and punishments were severe.
    • We bore harsh criticism for our efforts and some of us suffered severe punishment.
    1.2 (austere)
    (style/colors)
    austero
    Example sentences
    • A girl in a rather severe suit wanted to see his driver's licence as proof of identity.
    • He wears impeccably tailored suits in the traditional, severe Soviet style.
    • As always, his attiring room looked windswept and severe: a plain chest, a narrow mirror, a low divan spread with furs.
  • 2 2.1 (serious, bad)
    (illness/injury)
    grave
    (pain)
    fuerte
    grande
    (problem)
    serio
    grave
    (winter)
    severo
    duro
    (weather)
    inclemente
    severe loss of blood
    gran pérdida de sangre
    the building is in severe danger of collapse
    el edificio corre serio riesgo de derrumbarse
    there is a severe food shortage
    hay una gran or seria escasez de alimentos
    Example sentences
    • Mrs Al-Munchi is believed to have suffered a severe asthma attack earlier in the day.
    • Henry Bartlam was only six weeks old when he suffered a severe asthma attack which nearly killed him.
    • A girl died from a severe asthma attack that may have been triggered by bullying, an inquest heard.
    2.2 (difficult, rigorous)
    (test)
    duro
    difícil
    (conditions)
    estricto
    riguroso
    Example sentences
    • Jose Mourinho's managerial skills would face a severe test.
    • The matches, all played in front of crowds in the impressive Hong Kong stadium, combine fast-handling rugby with severe tests of stamina.
    • And Jewell knows he is now facing up to a severe test of his managerial skills as Wigan aim to set off on a winning run.

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