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 Dictionary entry overview: What does severely mean? 

SEVERELY (adverb)
  The adverb SEVERELY has 3 senses:

1. to a severe or serious degree
2. with sternness; in a severe manner
3. causing great damage or hardship

  Familiarity information: SEVERELY used as an adverb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

SEVERELY (adverb)

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To a severe or serious degree


badly; severely; gravely; seriously

Context examples:

fingers so badly frozen they had to be amputated / badly injured / a severely impaired heart / is gravely ill / was seriously ill


severe (intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality)

Sense 2severely [BACK TO TOP]


With sternness; in a severe manner


sternly; severely

Context examples:

'No,' she said sternly / peered severely over her glasses


severe (unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment)

Sense 3severely [BACK TO TOP]


Causing great damage or hardship


severely; hard

Context examples:

industries hit hard by the depression / she was severely affected by the bank's failure


severe (very bad in degree or extent)

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