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adv. worse, worst,
Something that is bad is unpleasant, harmful, or undesirable.
The comparative and superlative forms of bad are worse and worst.
Don't use 'bad' as an adverb. Don't say, for example, 'They did bad in the elections'. You say 'They did badly in the elections'.
When badly is used like this, its comparative and superlative forms are worse and worst.
Badly has another different meaning. If you need or want something badly, you need or want it very much.
For this meaning of badly, don't use the comparative and superlative forms 'worse' and 'worst'. Instead you use the forms more badly and most badly.
|Adv.||1.||badly - to a severe or serious degree; "fingers so badly frozen they had to be amputated"; "badly injured"; "a severely impaired heart"; "is gravely ill"; "was seriously ill"|
|2.||badly - (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well; "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"|
combining form - a bound form used only in compounds; "`hemato-' is a combining form in words like `hematology'"
|3.||badly - evilly or wickedly; "treated his parents badly"; "to steal is to act badly"|
|4.||badly - in a disobedient or naughty way; "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"|
|5.||badly - with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly'); "the injury hurt badly"; "the buildings were badly shaken"; "it hurts bad"; "we need water bad"|
|6.||badly - very much; strongly; "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"|
|7.||badly - without skill or in a displeasing manner; "she writes badly"; "I think he paints very badly"|
well - with skill or in a pleasing manner; "she dances well"; "he writes well"
|8.||badly - in a disadvantageous way; to someone's disadvantage; "the venture turned out badly for the investors"; "angry that the case was settled disadvantageously for them"|
|9.||badly - unfavorably or with disapproval; "tried not to speak ill of the dead"; "thought badly of him for his lack of concern"|
|10.||badly - with unusual distress or resentment or regret or emotional display; "they took their defeat badly"; "took her father's death badly"; "conducted himself very badly at the time of the earthquake"|
well - without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor; "took the joke well"; "took the tragic news well"
poorly well, properly, satisfactorily, splendidly, ably, competently
he did badly in his exams → los exámenes le fueron mal
things are going badly → las cosas van mal
we came off badly in the deal → salimos mal parados del negocio
badly made/written/designed → mal hecho/escrito/diseñado
to sleep badly → dormir mal
see also pay B1
he was badly injured → estaba gravemente herido
they were badly beaten (in contest) → sufrieron una seria derrota; (physically) → les dieron una paliza tremenda
to be badly mistaken → estar muy equivocado
it was a gamble that went badly wrong → se corría un riesgo y salió muy mal
the building was badly damaged in the explosion → en la explosión el edificio resultó muy dañado
to reflect badly on sb → dejar mal a algn
"how did he take it?" - "badly" → -¿qué tal se lo tomó? -fatal
it badly needs painting → hace mucha falta pintarlo
he badly needs help → necesita ayuda a toda costa
they badly wanted a child → estaban desesperados por tener un niño
we badly need another assistant → nos hace muchísima falta otro ayudante
badly paid → mal payé(e)
things are going badly → les choses vont mal
to think badly of sb/sth → avoir une mauvaise opinion de qn/qch
to reflect badly on sb/sth → donner une mauvaise image de qn/qch
badly wounded → grièvement blessé(e)
to be badly affected by sth [country, region] [+ floods, drought, damage] → être gravement touché(e) par qch; [person] [+ shock, bereavement] → être très affecté(e) par qch
He needs the money badly → Il a sérieusement besoin de cet argent.
He needs it badly → Il en a sérieusement besoin.
BUT Il en a absolument besoin.
He badly needs a rest → Il a sérieusement besoin de se reposer.
to want sth badly → vouloir absolument qch, vouloir qch à tout prix
Why do you want to leave so badly?
BUT Pourquoi veux-tu tant partir?.badly off bad off (US) adj
They are not too badly off → Ils ne sont pas trop à plaindre.
There are people much worse off than me → Il y a des gens qui sont beaucoup plus à plaindre que moi.
badly[ˈbædlɪ] adv (worse (comp) (worst (superl)))
a badly behaved child → un(a) bambino/a maleducato/a
things are going badly → le cose vanno male
to treat sb badly → trattar male qn