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Meaning of “strict” in the English Dictionary

"strict" in British English

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strictadjective

uk   us   /strɪkt/
B1 stronglylimiting someone's ​freedom to ​behave as they ​wish, or ​likely to ​severelypunish someone if they do not ​obey: My ​parents were very strict with me when I was ​young. Stricter controls on ​airpollution would ​help to ​reduceacidrain. A strict curfew has been ​imposed from ​dusk till ​dawn. We ​follow very strict guidelines on the use and ​storage of ​personaldetails on ​computers. Do you ​think stricter ​gun laws would ​reduce the ​murderrate in the United States? The ​drug should only be ​administered under strict ​medical supervision. The ​negotiations took ​place in strict (= ​total) secrecy.
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C2 exactlycorrect: a strict ​translation of the ​text He would be ​foundguilty under a strict interpretation of the ​law.B2 used to refer to someone who ​follows the ​rules and ​principles of a ​belief or way of ​living very ​carefully and ​exactly, or a ​belief or ​principle that is ​followed very ​carefully and ​exactly: His ​parents were strict Catholics. She's a strict vegetarian and ​refuses to ​eat any ​poultry or ​fish.in the/a strict sense in the most ​limitedmeaning of a word, phrase, etc.: These were not ​funerals in the strict ​sense of the word; there were no ​caskets or ​physicalremains. This ​peasanteconomy should not be ​considered "​subsistence" in a strict ​sense.

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(Definition of strict from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"strict" in American English

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strictadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /strɪkt/
limiting people’s ​freedom to ​behave as they ​wish beyond what is ​usual: The ​school is an ​old-fashionedinstitution with strict ​discipline. Do you ​think stricter ​laws would ​helpreduceautomobileaccidents? He’s not a ​vegetarian in the strictest ​sense (= if you are ​exact about the word’s ​meaning).
(Definition of strict from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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