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adjective strict pronunciation in British English /strɪkt/
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adjectivestrict
comparativestricter
superlativestrictest
  1. 1
    someone who is strict has definite rules that they expect people to obey completely
    He’s quite a strict trainer, but we all like him.
    Dad’s very strict with us about table manners.
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    1. a.
      strict rules or conditions must be obeyed completely
      They operate within strict time limits.
      a strict diet
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  2. 2
    exact, or accurate
    He was not depressed in the strict sense of the word.
    These cases are not covered by a strict definition of poverty.
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