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"strictly" in British English

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strictlyadverb

uk   us   /ˈstrɪkt.li/
B2 in a way that would ​bringseverepunishment if not ​obeyed: The ​speedlimit is strictly enforced on ​urbanroads. The use of ​cameras in this ​museum is strictly forbidden. in a very ​limited or ​limiting way: Should I ​mark this ​letter to ​youraccountant "strictly confidential"? The ​proposedchange in the ​law would make ​abortionillegal except for strictly definedmedicalreasons. This ​unrepeatableoffer is only ​available for a strictly limitedperiod.B2 exactly or ​correctly: I have ​acted strictly in ​accordance with the ​regulations at all ​times. It is ​essential that the ​safetyprocedures are strictly adhered to. Their ​salaries are not strictly comparable (= cannot be ​directlycompared) because of the ​differences in UK and US ​taxrates. Are all these ​questions strictly (= really) necessary?

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

"strictly" in American English

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strictlyadverb

 us   /ˈstrɪkt·li/
completely or ​entirely: Photography is strictly ​forbidden. Public ​assistance is strictly ​limited to those who are ​willing to ​work. Strictly ​speaking (= Being ​completelyaccurate), ​pollen is like a ​virus in that both cannot ​reproduceindependently.
(Definition of strictly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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