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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sharply mean? 

SHARPLY (adverb)
  The adverb SHARPLY has 4 senses:

1. in an aggressive manner
2. in a well delineated manner
3. changing suddenly in direction and degree
4. very suddenly and to a great degree

  Familiarity information: SHARPLY used as an adverb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

SHARPLY (adverb)

Sense 1sharply [BACK TO TOP]


In an aggressive manner


aggressively; sharply

Context example:

she was being sharply questioned

Sense 2sharply [BACK TO TOP]


In a well delineated manner


crisply; sharply

Context example:

the new style of Minoan pottery was sharply defined


sharp ((of something seen or heard) clearly defined)

Sense 3sharply [BACK TO TOP]


Changing suddenly in direction and degree


sharp; acutely; sharply

Context examples:

the road twists sharply after the light / turn sharp left here / the visor was acutely peaked / her shoes had acutely pointed toes


sharp (very sudden and in great amount or degree)

Sense 4sharply [BACK TO TOP]


Very suddenly and to a great degree


precipitously; sharply

Context examples:

conditions that precipitously increase the birthrate / prices rose sharply

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