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UK [sɪˈvɪə(r)lɪ] / US [sɪˈvɪrlɪ] adverb
1) very seriously

Several of the passengers were severely injured in the accident.

The decision would severely damage the economy of Scotland.

severely limited/restricted/reduced:

The original scope of the work had been severely reduced.

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) with an unfriendly attitude and a lack of humour

He stared at her severely.

4) in an extremely plain style that is not attractive

her severely cut hair


English dictionary. 2014.

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