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adverb     severely pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    very seriously

    The decision would severely damage the economy of Colombia.

    Several of the passengers were severely injured in the accident.

    severely limited/restricted/reduced:

    The original scope of the work had been severely reduced.

  2. 2
    in a very strict or extreme way

    If anyone breaks the rules, they will be punished severely.

    The army has been severely criticized for attacking the region.

  3. 3
    with an unfriendly attitude and a lack of humor

    He stared at her severely.

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  4. 4
    in an extremely plain style that is not attractive

    her severely cut hair

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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