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Definition of sharply adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1in a critical, rough, or severe way The report was sharply critical of the police. “Is there a problem?” he asked sharply.
  2. 2suddenly and by a large amount Profits fell sharply following the takeover. The road fell sharply to the sea.
  3. 3in a way that clearly shows the differences between two things Their experiences contrast sharply with those of other children. sharply contrasting attitudes to work
  4. 4quickly and suddenly, or loudly She moved sharply across the room to block his exit. He rapped sharply on the window. He drew his breath in sharply.
  5. 5used to emphasize that something has a sharp point or edge sharply pointed The spring jutted sharply through the mattress.
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