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"extreme" in British English

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extremeadjective

uk   us   /ɪkˈstriːm/
  • extreme adjective (GREAT)

B2 very ​large in ​amount or ​degree: extreme ​pain/​stupidity/​wealth

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  • extreme adjective (BAD)

B2 very ​severe or ​bad: extreme ​weatherconditions In extreme cases, the ​disease can ​lead to ​blindness.

extremenoun [C]

uk   us   /ɪkˈstriːm/
the ​largestpossibleamount or ​degree of something: I've never ​witnessed such extremes of ​wealth and ​poverty. Most ​people I ​knowworkfairly hard but she takes it to extremes.in the extreme used for ​emphasis; ​extremely: Some of the ​scenes were ​unpleasant in the extreme. a ​situation, ​feeling, etc. that is the ​opposite or very different from another one: My ​moodsseem to go from one extreme to another (= my ​moods often ​change from very ​bad to very good).
(Definition of extreme from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"extreme" in American English

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extremeadjective

 us   /ɪkˈstrim/
  • 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 ​coldkept most ​peopleindoors.
  • extreme adjective (FURTHEST)

at the ​furthestpoint; to the ​greatestdegree: At the extreme end of the ​lake there is a ​huntinglodge. Extreme ​opinions, ​ideas, etc., are beyond the ​usualrange of ​variety and would ​seemunreasonable to most ​people.

extremenoun [C]

 us   /ɪkˈstrim/
  • extreme noun [C] (MATH)

mathematics the first or fourth ​terms (= ​numbers or ​symbols) of a ​proportion (= a ​mathematicalstatement with a ​comparison of two ​numberscalculated 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 ​greatestpossibleamount or ​degree of something: The ​securitystaff went to extremes to ​insure the ​safety of the ​worldleaders.
(Definition of extreme from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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