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



    BrE BrE//sɪˈvɪəli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɪˈvɪrli//
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  1. 1very badly or seriously severely disabled areas severely affected by unemployment The crops were severely damaged. Access to this information is severely restricted.
  2. 2in an extreme or strict way synonym harshly (1) Anyone breaking the law will be severely punished. a severely critical report
  3. 3in a way that is not kind or sympathetic and shows disapproval of somebody/something synonym sternly He looked severely at me.
  4. 4in a way that is extremely difficult and requires a lot of skill or ability synonym stiffly Her patience was being severely tested.
  5. 5(disapproving) in an extremely plain style that lacks any decoration Her hair was tied severely in a bun.