[ UK /ʃˈɑːpli/ ]
[ US /ˈʃɑɹpɫi/ ]
  1. changing suddenly in direction and degree
    the road twists sharply after the light
    her shoes had acutely pointed toes
    the visor was acutely peaked
    turn sharp left here
  2. very suddenly and to a great degree
    prices rose sharply
    conditions that precipitously increase the birthrate
  3. in a well delineated manner
    the new style of Minoan pottery was sharply defined
  4. in an aggressive manner
    she was being sharply questioned
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How To Use sharply In A Sentence

  • The results were disastrous, plunging the country into deep depression, with high unemployment, sharply falling living standards and serious political unrest.
  • She tugged sharply on his sleeve to get his attention, then gestured to the tin. THE DEVIL'S DOOR
  • The disciplines of science and engineering are not always sharply separated.
  • Blue chip issues were sharply higher, but the rest of the market actually declined slightly by the end of the day.
  • He was sharply perceptive and had an earthy, sly humour which put an edge on his nice irony.
  • While I am sharply critical of American unilateralism and realpolitik masquerading as the defence of liberty, at times I find our own moralizing irritating.
  • Unemployment rates for railroad conductors, logging workers and metalworkers fell sharply — seven percentage points or more — in 2010 while jobless rates among construction laborers and roofers rose, according to new data from the Labor Department. Manufacturing, Logistics See Job Gains
  • Now the economy is teetering on the brink of recession, stocks are down sharply and the Fed has stated that rates will remain ultralow well into the future. Not Dead Yet: What to Do With Your Bets on Rising Rates
  • The two sides remain sharply polarised, and periodic attempts to bridge the wide gulf between them have fizzled out.
  • This came from the xray: One finding not mentioned above, is of a 3.6 x 5. 6CM sharply marginated sclerotic rimmed area in left proximal femur, near lesser trochanter. Yahoo! Answers: Latest Questions
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