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adjective extreme pronunciation in British English /ɪkˈstriːm/
  1. 1
    [only before noun] very great in degree

    extreme poverty/hardship

    Use extreme caution when driving in wet conditions.

    Will the clothing give protection against extreme cold?

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  2. 2
    considered unreasonable by most people

    extreme right-wing views

    Their demands were seen as being too extreme.

    It seemed a bit extreme to call the police.

  3. 3
    very unusual
    an extreme case:

    In extreme cases, your membership may be cancelled.

    an extreme example (of something):

    This city's problems offer an extreme example of the difficulties faced by the country as a whole.

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    1. a.
      much more severe or serious than usual

      The police were accused of using extreme violence against the protesters.

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  4. 4
    [only before noun] furthest away
    the extreme end/edge/tip:

    The wooden buildings are situated at the extreme tip of the island.

    the extreme left/right/north/south:

    The minister is on the extreme left of the picture.

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