Extreme definition

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The greatest or utmost degree or point.
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A maximum or minimum value of a function.
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An extreme state or condition.

An extreme of distress.

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In the greatest or highest degree; intense.

He has an extreme aversion to needles, and avoids visiting the doctor.

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The first or last term of a proportion.
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The definition of extreme is most remote or far from what is necessary or usual.

An example of extreme is a fever of 104.

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Designating or of sports that involve high speeds, unusually risky actions, and considerable exposure to physical injury.
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Deviating to the greatest degree from the center of opinion, as in politics.
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(logic) The major or minor term of a syllogism.
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(archaic) Last; final.
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Participating or tending to participate in a very dangerous or difficult sport.

An extreme skier.

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An extreme is defined as something which is the farthest or highest, or things that are very different or far apart from one another.

An example of extreme is the top of Mount Everest.

An example of extreme is the range of feelings from depressed to very joyful.

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Very dangerous or difficult.

Extreme rafting.

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To an excessive degree; immoderate.
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The first or last term of a ratio or a series.
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(archaic) Final; last.
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Characterized by severe, usually oxygen-poor environmental conditions.
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Having an affinity for such conditions.

An extreme microorganism.

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Of a place, the most remote, farthest or outermost.

At the extreme edges, the coating is very thin.

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His extreme love of model trains showed in the rails that criscrossed his entire home.

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Drastic, or of great severity.

I think the new laws are extreme, but many believe them necessary for national security.

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Of sports, difficult or dangerous; performed in a hazardous environment.

Television has begun to reflect the growing popularity of extreme sports such as bungee jumping and skateboarding.

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(archaic) Ultimate, final or last.
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The greatest or utmost point, degree or condition.
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(mathematics) Either of the two numbers at the ends of a proportion, as 1 and 6 in 1:2=3:6.
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An extreme condition.
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Being far beyond the norm.

An extreme conservative.

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Either the first or fourth term of a proportion of four terms. In the proportion2 /3 =4 /6 , the extremes are 2 and 6.
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In or to the greatest degree; very great or greatest.

Extreme pain.

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Each of the things at opposite ends of a range or scale.

Extremes of temperature.

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(archaic) Extremely.
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At the end or outermost point; farthest away; most remote; utmost.
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Of the greatest severity; drastic.

Took extreme measures to conserve fuel.

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(obs.) An extreme point; extremity.
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A maximum or minimum value of a function.
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Most remote in any direction; outermost or farthest.

The extreme edge of the field.

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Being in or attaining the greatest or highest degree; very intense.

Extreme pleasure; extreme pain.

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Either of the two things situated at opposite ends of a range.

The extremes of boiling and freezing.

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An extreme act, expedient, etc.
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An immoderate, drastic expedient.

Resorted to extremes in the emergency.

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Far from what is usual or conventional.
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Very severe; drastic.

Extreme measures.

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Either of two things that are as different or far as possible from each other.
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An extreme degree.
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in the extreme
  • To an extreme degree:
    Eccentric in the extreme.
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go to extremes
  • to be excessive or immoderate in speech or action
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in the extreme
  • to the utmost degree
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
extreme
Plural:
extremes

Adjective

Base Form:
extreme
Comparative:
extremer
Superlative:
extremest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of extreme

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin extrēmus eghs in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French extreme, from Latin extremus, the superlative of exterus

    From Wiktionary