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Use the word "extreme" for a situation involving very strong qualities that are very intense and very different from what is normal or average.
- Extreme weather comes in the form of tornadoes, hurricanes, and blizzards (heavy snow with wind).
- Extreme heat can cause crops to fail.
- Extreme behavior includes yelling, punching, kicking, or screaming at another person.
- A person whose political beliefs are far outside the norm might be labeled as extreme, or that person might be called an extremist. (The word "extremist" is a noun.)
- Mountain climbing, parachuting, and surfing are extreme sports. (They’re dangerous sports.)
Skydiving (parachuting) is an extreme sport.
The phrase "go to extremes" means that a person or an organization does something that is radical or very out of the ordinary. Here are some examples:
- Joe goes to extremes to stay in shape. He works out at a gym three hours a day.
- The company went to extremes to keep itself in business.
- Maria goes to such extremes to keep from gaining weight, it’s a little unhealthy.
- The government is going to extremes to prevent certain people from entering the United States.
The word "extremely" is an adverb. It’s similar to the word "very."
- The Freedom Tower in New York City is extremely tall.
- A scorpion is an extremely dangerous insect.
- Our soccer team is extremely good this year.
- I love extremely hot Thai food!
- You’re an extremely good student.
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Date of publication: March 5, 2017