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    severely - Dictionary definition and meaning for word severely

    (adv) to a severe or serious degree
    Synonyms : badly , gravely , seriously
    Example Sentence
    • fingers so badly frozen they had to be amputated
    • badly injured
    • a severely impaired heart
    • is gravely ill
    • was seriously ill
    (adv) with sternness; in a severe manner
    Synonyms : sternly
    Example Sentence
    • `No,' she said sternly
    • peered severely over her glasses
    (adv) causing great damage or hardship
    Synonyms : hard
    Example Sentence
    • industries hit hard by the depression
    • she was severely affected by the bank's failure
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