If something happens sharply, it occurs abruptly and intensely. You may hear newscasters gloomily reporting that the price of gas is rising sharply.

The value of your baseball cards might rise sharply, inspiring you to sell a few of them. A car you're riding in can also swerve sharply, jerking suddenly to the left. You can also describe something that's distinct, clear, or detailed using this adverb: "I love how sharply defined the moon is in your photograph." And finally, if someone speaks sharply, they use a voice so harsh and angry that it seems to have a sharp edge.

Definitions of sharply
  1. adverb
    very suddenly and to a great degree
    “prices rose sharply
    synonyms: precipitously
  2. adverb
    changing suddenly in direction and degree
    “the road twists sharply after the light”
    synonyms: acutely, sharp
  3. adverb
    in a well delineated manner
    “the new style of Minoan pottery was sharply defined”
    synonyms: crisply
  4. adverb
    in an aggressive manner
    “she was being sharply questioned”
    synonyms: aggressively
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