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adverb severely pronunciation in American English /sɪˈvɪrli/
  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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