badly - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    in a way that is not skilful, effective, or successful

    She spoke French so badly I couldn’t understand her.

    do badly (in/on/at):

    Why do you think you did so badly in your test?

    go badly:

    If the war goes badly, he is unlikely to remain in power.

  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 as though 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.