What does severe mean?

Definitions for severe
səˈvɪərse·vere

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word severe.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. severe, terrible, wicked(adj)

    intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality

    "severe pain"; "a severe case of flu"; "a terrible cough"; "under wicked fire from the enemy's guns"; "a wicked cough"

  2. hard, knockout, severe(adj)

    very strong or vigorous

    "strong winds"; "a hard left to the chin"; "a knockout punch"; "a severe blow"

  3. austere, severe, stark, stern(adj)

    severely simple

    "a stark interior"

  4. severe, spartan(adj)

    unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment

    "a parent severe to the pitch of hostility"- H.G.Wells; "a hefty six-footer with a rather severe mien"; "a strict disciplinarian"; "a Spartan upbringing"

  5. dangerous, grave, grievous, serious, severe, life-threatening(adj)

    causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

    "a dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound"; "a serious turn of events"; "a severe case of pneumonia"; "a life-threatening disease"

  6. severe(adj)

    very bad in degree or extent

    "a severe worldwide depression"; "the house suffered severe damage"

Wiktionary

  1. severe(Adjective)

    Very bad or intense.

  2. severe(Adjective)

    Strict or harsh.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Severe

    serious in feeeling or manner; sedate; grave; austere; not light, lively, or cheerful

  2. Severe

    very strict in judgment, discipline, or government; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; as, severe criticism; severe punishment

  3. Severe

    rigidly methodical, or adherent to rule or principle; exactly conformed to a standard; not allowing or employing unneccessary ornament, amplification, etc.; strict; -- said of style, argument, etc

  4. Severe

    sharp; afflictive; distressing; violent; extreme; as, severe pain, anguish, fortune; severe cold

  5. Severe

    difficult to be endured; exact; critical; rigorous; as, a severe test

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Severe

    sē-vēr′, adj. serious: grave: austere: strict: not mild: strictly adhering to rule: free from florid ornamentation, simple: sharp: distressing: inclement: searching: difficult to be endured.—adv. Sēvēre′ly.—ns. Sēvēre′ness; Sēver′ity, quality of being severe: gravity: harshness: exactness: inclemency. [Fr. sévère—L. severus.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. severe

    Effectual; as, a severe turn in belaying a rope.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'severe' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2211

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'severe' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3655

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'severe' in Adjectives Frequency: #292

How to pronounce severe?

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How to say severe in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of severe in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of severe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of severe in a Sentence

  1. Obstetrics Gynecology:

    I think it's also important to keep in mind that the risks of any medication -- whether it's ondansetron or any other medication -- need to be balanced against the risks of inadequate treatment or no treatment, particularly in those patients that have severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, or hyperemesis gravidarum, those conditions carry some real risks themselves -- dehydration, electrolyte abnormalities -- and a lot of these patients require admission to the hospital if they're not adequately treated.

  2. Greg Carbin:

    The tricky thing, when you look at this, is it only takes a few days to bring the elements together for severe weather.

  3. Eran Raizman:

    The virus is already practically endemic in Nigeria and we fear that other countries that don't have the budget, the human resources and the technical capacity adequate to eliminate the disease will face the( same) risk, in terms of food security and livelihoods it's a severe issue because it hampers people's efforts to progress economically.

  4. Prime Minister Manuel Valls:

    These are the acts of thugs, violence is unacceptable ... there must be severe sanctions.

  5. David Maxwell:

    Can a one-day event change the nature of the brutal Kim Jong family regime that has existed for some seven decades ? We should never forget the people living in severe oppression in the north while we admire the charm offensive conducted by Kim Jong Un.

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