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90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
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She spoke French so badly I couldn't understand her.
a badly organized meeting
Why do you think you did so badly on your test?
If the war goes badly, he is unlikely to remain in power.
Her eye was cut quite badly.
One of the prisoners had been badly beaten by guards.
Fortunately, none of the drivers was badly hurt.
London is one of the worst-affected areas.
She feels she has been badly treated.
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.
a badly paid cleaning job
Nobody will think badly of you if you fail.
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English version of definition of badly
a new word or phrase invented in the hope that it will become generally used
the distance from the centre of a circle to its edge, or a straight line from the centre to the edge
a collection of debris, mostly consisting of plastic, which moves around in the sea …
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American definition of badly from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.