sharp|ly [ `ʃarpli ] adverb **
1. ) suddenly and by a large amount:
Interest rates have fallen sharply over the last few weeks.
2. ) in a severe way:
The government has been sharply criticized for human rights violations.
3. ) in a way that makes details or differences easy to see:
In this photograph, the figures are more sharply defined.
The economic situation in the north contrasts sharply with that in the south.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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