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. Derek Van Dam:

    That gives us the perfect playing field for severe weather across the central Plains States.

  2. Li Ganjie:

    Since the second half of last year, our country's economic operations have seen changes, and in those changes there are concerns, with complications in the external environment and downward pressures getting more severe, the awareness of the importance of environmental protection has weakened in some regions, and momentum has slowed, with the economic downturn simplistically attributed to a vaguely understood idea of excessive environmental supervision.

  3. Harvard University:

    The intense focus by politicians and others on Harvard in connection with this program may undermine participation in a relief effort that Congress created and the President signed into law for the purpose of helping students and institutions whose financial challenges in the coming months may be most severe, as a result of this, and the evolving guidance being issued around use of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, Harvard University has decided not to seek or accept the funds allocated to it by statute.

  4. Gilad Bino:

    The ash in the water and the lack of oxygen would have a severe impact on some areas that coincide with platypus populations.

  5. Nicholas Hendren:

    He was already in the early stages of septic shock, and his kidneys had already had some injury, very quickly, his septic shock progressed from ... early stages to severe stages very rapidly, within 12 hours or so, which is typical for this type of infection.

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