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adverb badly pronunciation in American English /ˈbædli/
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  1. 1
    in a way that is not skillful, effective, or successful
    She spoke French so badly I couldn’t understand her.
    a badly organized meeting
    do badly (in/on/at): Why do you think you did so badly on your test?
    go badly: If the war goes badly, he is unlikely to remain in power.
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  2. 2
    in a serious or severe way
    Her eye was cut quite badly.
    One of the prisoners had been badly beaten by guards.
    badly damaged/hurt/injured/wounded: Fortunately, none of the drivers was badly hurt.
    badly hit/affected: London is one of the worst-affected areas.
  3. 3
    in an unkind, unfair, or unreasonable way
    She feels she has been badly treated.
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  4. 4
    if you need or want something badly, you need or want it very much
    How successful you are depends on how badly you want to succeed.
    Anne was missing him badly.
    The roof was badly in need of repair.

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