From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsharplysharp‧ly /ˈʃɑːpli $ ˈʃɑːr-/ ●●○W3 adverb 🔊 🔊 1LOT/VERY MUCHsuddenly and by a large amount 🔊 Prices have risen sharply over the last few months. 🔊 His politics have moved sharply to the right.2DISAPPROVEin a disapproving or unfriendly way 🔊 ‘What do you mean by that?’ Paul asked sharply. 🔊 a sharply critical report3FAST/QUICKquickly and suddenly 🔊 Graham looked up sharply, startled by a noise behind him. 🔊 Emily drew in her breath sharply.4CLEAR/EASY TO UNDERSTANDused 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.COLLOCATIONSverbsrise/increase sharplyThe value of early photographs has risen sharply in recent years.fall/drop sharplyOil prices fell sharply.sharply reduce/cut somethingThese measures could sharply reduce pollution from road traffic.