sharp‧ly W3
1 suddenly and by a large amount:
Prices have risen sharply over the last few months.
His politics have moved sharply to the right.
2 in a disapproving or unfriendly way:
'What do you mean by that?' Paul asked sharply.
a sharply critical report
3 quickly and suddenly:
Graham looked up sharply, startled by a noise behind him.
Emily drew in her breath sharply.
4 used when saying that two things are clearly and noticeably very different:
Opinion is sharply divided.
His beliefs and values contrast sharply with (=are very different from) his father's.

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