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Definition 1: (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where badly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was ill prepared
  • it ill befits a man to betray old friends
  • the car runs badly
  • he performed badly on the exam
  • the team played poorly
  • ill-fitting clothes
  • an ill-conceived plan

Synonyms for badly in the sense of this definition

(badly is used in the usage domain ...) a bound form used only in compounds

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Definition 2: to a severe or serious degree - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where badly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fingers so badly frozen they had to be amputated
  • badly injured
  • a severely impaired heart
  • is gravely ill
  • was seriously ill

Synonyms for badly in the sense of this definition

Definition 3: very much; strongly - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where badly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I wanted it badly enough to work hard for it
  • the cables had sagged badly
  • they were badly in need of help
  • he wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it

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Definition 4: with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly') - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where badly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the injury hurt badly
  • the buildings were badly shaken
  • it hurts bad
  • we need water bad

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Definition 5: in a disobedient or naughty way - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where badly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he behaved badly in school
  • he mischievously looked for a chance to embarrass his sister
  • behaved naughtily when they had guests and was sent to his room

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Definition 6: evilly or wickedly - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where badly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • treated his parents badly
  • to steal is to act badly

Definition 7: unfavorably or with disapproval - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where badly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • tried not to speak ill of the dead
  • thought badly of him for his lack of concern

Synonyms for badly in the sense of this definition

Definition 8: with unusual distress or resentment or regret or emotional display - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where badly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they took their defeat badly
  • took her father's death badly
  • conducted himself very badly at the time of the earthquake

Definition 9: in a disadvantageous way; to someone's disadvantage - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where badly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the venture turned out badly for the investors
  • angry that the case was settled disadvantageously for them

Synonyms for badly in the sense of this definition

Definition 10: without skill or in a displeasing manner - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where badly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she writes badly
  • I think he paints very badly

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