• (GA) IPA: /ʃɑɹpli/
  • (RP) IPA: /ʃɑːpli/

sharply (comparative sharplier, superlative sharpliest)

  1. In a sharp manner.
  2. (to describe breathing) Suddenly and intensely like a gasp, but typically as the result of an emotional reaction.
  3. In an intellectually alert and penetrating manner.
  4. Severely.
    • 2013 June 18, Simon Romero, "Protests Widen as Brazilians Chide Leaders ↗," New York Times (retrieved 21 June 2013):
      The economy has slowed to a pale shadow of its growth in recent years; inflation is high, the currency is declining sharply against the dollar — but the expectations of Brazilians have rarely been higher, feeding broad intolerance with corruption, bad schools and other government failings.
  5. Of speech, delivered in a stern or harsh tone.
  • Russian: ре́зко

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