how to pronounce severe


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severe is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of severe in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… I'm not focusing on severe illness the …”

meanings of severe


  1. Strict or harsh.
  2. Sober, plain in appearance, austere.
  3. Very bad or intense.


  1. A surname​.

severe frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word severe occurs in english on average 22.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics severe can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that severe can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to severe


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