Definition of badly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbædli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbædli//
    (worse, worst)
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  1. 1  not skilfully or not carefully to play/sing badly badly designed/organized opposite well
  2. 2  not successfully Things have been going badly. I did badly (= was not successful) in my exams. opposite well
  3. 3  not in an acceptable way to behave/sleep badly badly paid/treated The kids took the dog's death very badly (= they were very unhappy). opposite well
  4. 4  in a way that makes people get a bad opinion about something The economic crisis reflects badly on the government's policies. She's only trying to help, so don't think badly of her. opposite well
  5. 5  used to emphasize how much you want, need, etc. somebody/something The building is badly in need of repair. They wanted to win so badly. I miss her badly.
  6. 6  used to emphasize how serious a situation or an event is badly damaged/injured/hurt The country has been badly affected by recession. Everything's gone badly wrong!
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: badly