stern

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈstɜːn/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/stɝn/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(stûrn)

Inflections of 'stern' (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
sterner
adj comparative
sternest
adj superlative
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stern

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
adj
  1. had a stern [look, expression] on her face
  2. [gave, threw] them a stern [look]
  3. with a stern face
  4. her face [was, looked, seemed, appeared] stern
  5. a stern [boss, leader, parent, teacher, lady]
  6. he is [very, extremely] stern
  7. too stern to be [effective, respected, liked]
  8. you don't have to be so stern!
  9. a stern [punishment, message, threat, statement]
  10. failed to [heed, follow, take notice of] the stern warnings
  11. [dismissed, ignored, brushed off] the stern warning
  12. stern [measures, restrictions, controls] (on)
  13. stern measures to [control, prevent, restrict, improve, ensure]
  14. UK: [taught, marshalled, tutored, managed] with a stern hand
  15. is a stern test of [ability, will, strength, stamina]
n
  1. in the stern of the [ship, boat]
  2. in the [ship's] stern
  3. was standing at the stern of the [ship]
  4. was coming from the stern
  5. went running to the stern
  6. [retired, walked] to the stern
  7. is stored in the stern
  8. [sunbathing, relaxing, sitting] at the stern
  9. dropped anchor off the stern
  10. a cabin in the stern
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