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extreme

adjective  /ɪkˈstrim/ us  

extreme adjective (GREAT)

very great; beyond what is usual or what might be expected: Use extreme caution, as the steps are very slippery. The extreme cold kept most people indoors.

extreme adjective (FURTHEST)

at the furthest point; to the greatest degree: At the extreme end of the lake there is a hunting lodge. Extreme opinions, ideas, etc., are beyond the usual range of variety and would seem unreasonable to most people.

extreme

noun [C]  /ɪkˈstrim/ us  

extreme noun [C] (MATH)

mathematics the first or fourth terms (= numbers or symbols) of a proportion (= a mathematical statement with a comparison of two numbers calculated by division on each side): In the proportion a/b=t/z the terms a and z are the extremes.

extreme noun [C] (GREAT DEGREE)

the greatest possible amount or degree of something: The security staff went to extremes to insure the safety of the world leaders.
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