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    Meaning of Severe

    Does 'Severe' in the following sentence mean intensely cold?

    The weather was very severe.

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    Re: Meaning of Severe

    Not just cold, and not necessarily cold - unpleasant, hostile, uncomfortable. "Severe" weather could be cold, but native speakers (of Br English) usually use the word 'bitter' to mean 'severely cold'.

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    Re: Meaning of Severe

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Not just cold, and not necessarily cold - unpleasant, hostile, uncomfortable. "Severe" weather could be cold, but native speakers (of Br English) usually use the word 'bitter' to mean 'severely cold'.

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    Thanks. so you mean we can call and unpleasant hot weather a 'severe weather' too?

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    Re: Meaning of Severe

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Thanks. so you mean we can call and unpleasant hot weather a 'severe weather' too?
    You should qualify it.
    "severe heat" It was severely hot.
    "Severe" by itself does not indicate what quality of the weather is severe.


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    Re: Meaning of Severe

    NDS - News Distribution Service
    The Highways Agency is on stand-by to tackle severe weather on the region's trunk roads this winter. But this is only part of the story. Road users also have a vital part to play and this is a key message in this year's winter driving campaign.

    In this context, "severe weather" means "stormy weather," doesn't it?
    http://www.explorapoles.org/pics/exp...weather_or.jpg

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    Re: Meaning of Severe

    The context tells us it's winter. Severe weather in winter is probably going to be stormy, but it could just be very very cold.

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