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adjective \ˈstrȯŋ\

Simple Definition of strong

  • : having great physical power and ability : having a lot of strength

  • : not easy to break or damage

  • : not sick or injured

Full Definition of strong

stron·ger play \ˈstrȯŋ-gər also -ər\ stron·gest play \ˈstrȯŋ-gəst also -əst\

  1. 1 :  having or marked by great physical power

  2. 2 :  having moral or intellectual power

  3. 3 :  having great resources (as of wealth or talent)

  4. 4 :  of a specified number <an army ten thousand strong>

  5. 5a :  striking or superior of its kind <a strong resemblance>b :  effective or efficient especially in a specified direction <strong on watching other people work — A. Alvarez>

  6. 6 :  forceful, cogent <strong evidence> <strong talk>

  7. 7 :  not mild or weak :  extreme, intense: asa :  rich in some active agent <strong beer>b of a color :  high in chromac :  ionizing freely in solution <strong acids and bases>d :  magnifying by refracting greatly <a strong lens>

  8. 8 obsolete :  flagrant

  9. 9 :  moving with rapidity or force <a strong wind>

  10. 10 :  ardent, zealous <a strong supporter>

  11. 11a :  not easily injured or disturbed :  solidb :  not easily subdued or taken <a strong fort>

  12. 12 :  well established :  firm <strong beliefs>

  13. 13 :  not easily upset or nauseated <a strong stomach>

  14. 14 :  having an offensive or intense odor or flavor :  rank <strong breath>

  15. 15 :  tending to steady or higher prices <a strong market>

  16. 16 :  of, relating to, or being a verb that is inflected by a change in the root vowel (as strive, strove, striven) rather than by regular affixation

strong adverb
strong·ish play \ˈstrȯŋ-ish\ adjective
strong·ly play \ˈstrȯŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of strong

  1. an athlete with strong muscles

  2. He's as strong as an ox.

  3. The table should be strong enough to survive the trip.

  4. The builder added supports to make the walls stronger.

  5. He'll return to work when he's feeling a little stronger.

Origin of strong

Middle English, from Old English strang; akin to Old High German strengi strong, Latin stringere to bind tight — more at strain

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of strong

strong, stout, sturdy, stalwart, tough, tenacious mean showing power to resist or to endure. strong may imply power derived from muscular vigor, large size, structural soundness, intellectual or spiritual resources <strong arms> <the defense has a strong case>. stout suggests an ability to endure stress, pain, or hard use without giving way <stout hiking boots>. sturdy implies strength derived from vigorous growth, determination of spirit, solidity of construction <a sturdy table> <people of sturdy independence>. stalwart suggests an unshakable dependability <stalwart environmentalists>. tough implies great firmness and resiliency <a tough political opponent>. tenacious suggests strength in seizing, retaining, clinging to, or holding together <tenacious farmers clinging to an age-old way of life>.

Rhymes with strong

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