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



    BrE BrE//ˈʃɑːpli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɑːrpli//
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  1. 1  in a critical, rough or severe way The report was sharply critical of the police. ‘Is there a problem?’ he asked sharply.
  2. 2  suddenly and by a large amount Profits fell sharply following the takeover. The road fell sharply to the sea. The temperature drops sharply at night.
  3. 3  in 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. 4  quickly 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. 5  used to emphasize that something has a sharp point or edge sharply pointed The spring jutted sharply through the mattress.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sharply