- sharp sharp [ʆɑːp ǁ ʆɑːrp] adjectivea sharp increase, fall etc is very sudden and very big:
• a sharp rise in interest rates
• Unemployment generally brings a sharp fall in income.
• The group reported a sharp decline in full-year profits.— sharply adverb :
• During that month, the share price fell sharply.
• House prices have risen sharply over the past year.
* * *sharp UK US /ʃɑːp/ adjective► a sharp change is sudden and very noticeable: a sharp rise/increase in sth »
Analysts expect a sharp rise in core inflation to 2.7%.»
The decision is likely to mean a sharp increase in regulatory fees paid by companies registered as sponsors.a sharp drop/decline/fall in sth »
There has been a sharp decline in the standard of living.»
Builders faced a sharp drop in construction spending in November.► showing intelligence and excellent judgement: »
The two are very sharp businessmen who have seen their property business move from handling small-scale office developments to schemes totaling €800 million.»
She is known in the media as a sharp and incisive thinker.► sharp language is severe and angry: »
The CEO's proposals came in for some sharp criticism.be sharp with sb »
He was sharp with me when I asked him to help.»
Gomez's business practices came under sharp attack at the Senate hearing.● in sharp contrast (to sth) — Cf. in sharp contrast to sth
Financial and business terms. 2012.