badly

badly
adverb comparative worsesuperlative worst
1 in an unsatisfactory or unsuccessful way: The company has been very badly managed. | Pearce played pretty badly in yesterday's semi-final. | badly made furniture | do badly (=not be successful): Rob did very badly in the History exam.
2 to a great or serious degree: He's been limping badly ever since the ski-ing accident. | She badly wanted to be chosen for the school hockey team. | badly in need of (=needing something very much): He's badly in need of a haircut. | go badly wrong (=if a situation goes badly wrong it becomes very difficult or serious): Things started to go badly wrong for Eric after he lost his job.
3 think badly of to have a bad opinion of someone or something: I'm sure they won't think badly of you if you tell them you need some time away from work.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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