extreme Definition

  • 1reaching a high or the highest degree; very great.
  • 2very severe or serious.
  • 3not usual or reasonable; excessive.

Using extreme: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "extreme" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The weather was extremely hot today.

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    The situation is extremely dangerous and requires immediate action.

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    Her behavior was considered extreme by her colleagues.

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    The company's profits have increased to an extreme level.

  • Example

    He has an extreme passion for adventure sports.

extreme Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for extreme

Phrases with extreme

  • sports that involve a high degree of risk or danger


    Skydiving and bungee jumping are examples of extreme sports.

  • extreme measures

    actions that are drastic and not usually taken in normal circumstances


    The government had to take extreme measures to control the spread of the virus.

  • go to extremes

    to behave in an excessive or extreme way


    She went to extremes to prove her point, even though it wasn't necessary.

Origins of extreme

from Latin 'extremus', meaning 'outermost, utmost'


Summary: extreme in Brief

The term 'extreme' [ɪkˈstriːm] refers to situations or actions that are very intense, severe, or excessive. It can describe weather conditions, behaviors, or passions, as in 'He has an extreme passion for adventure sports.' The phrase 'extreme sports' denotes activities that involve a high degree of risk or danger, while 'extreme measures' refer to drastic actions taken in unusual circumstances.

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