Extreme meaning

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An extreme condition.
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The greatest or utmost degree or point.
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(archaic) Ultimate, final or last.
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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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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 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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An extreme state or condition.

An extreme of distress.

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(archaic) Final; last.
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(logic) The major or minor term of a syllogism.
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At the end or outermost point; farthest away; most remote; utmost.
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Far from what is usual or conventional.
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Very severe; drastic.

Extreme measures.

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(archaic) Last; final.
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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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(obs.) An extreme point; extremity.
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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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A maximum or minimum value of a function.
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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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In the greatest or highest degree; intense.

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

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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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The greatest or utmost point, degree or condition.
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Each of the things at opposite ends of a range or scale.

Extremes of temperature.

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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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(archaic) Extremely.
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Being far beyond the norm.

An extreme conservative.

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Of the greatest severity; drastic.

Took extreme measures to conserve fuel.

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An immoderate, drastic expedient.

Resorted to extremes in the emergency.

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Deviating to the greatest degree from the center of opinion, as in politics.
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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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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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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