To follow or enforce rules is to be strict.

  • That teacher is very strict. She’ll quickly give out a detention for misbehavior.
  • Anyone who appears before that judge has to be careful because he’s so strict.
  • Marlene’s doctor put her on a strict diet.
  • Nelita’s supervisor is very strict about employees being on time for work.
  • How strict are you with your kids?
  • Pay strict attention to the directions on the application. Any mistakes could delay your request.

The adverb form for this word is "strictly."

  • The students at that school strictly follow the rules.
  • The speeding laws are strictly enforced in this area.
  • Our conversation was strictly confidential. (I can’t tell you what we discussed.)

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February 25, 2013