robust

adjective
ro·​bust | \ rō-ˈbəst How to pronounce robust (audio) , ˈrō-(ˌ)bəst \

Definition of robust

1a : having or exhibiting strength or vigorous health
b : having or showing vigor, strength, or firmness a robust debate a robust faith
c : strongly formed or constructed : sturdy a robust plastic
d : capable of performing without failure under a wide range of conditions robust software
2 : rough, rude stories … laden with robust, down-home imageryPlayboy
3 : requiring strength or vigor robust work
4 : full-bodied robust coffee also : hearty a robust dinner
5 : relating to, resembling, or being a specialized group of australopithecines characterized especially by heavy molars and small incisors adapted to a vegetarian diet

Note: Robust australopithecines are included in the genus Australopithecus along with gracile forms or placed in the separate genus Paranthropus.

— compare gracile sense 3

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Other Words from robust

robustly adverb
robustness \ rō-​ˈbəs(t)-​nəs How to pronounce robustness (audio) , ˈrō-​(ˌ)bəs(t)-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for robust

healthy, sound, wholesome, robust, hale, well mean enjoying or indicative of good health. healthy implies full strength and vigor as well as freedom from signs of disease. a healthy family sound emphasizes the absence of disease, weakness, or malfunction. a sound heart wholesome implies appearance and behavior indicating soundness and balance. a face with a wholesome glow robust implies the opposite of all that is delicate or sickly. a lively, robust little boy hale applies particularly to robustness in old age. still hale at the age of eighty well implies merely freedom from disease or illness. she has never been a well person

Examples of robust in a Sentence

If Singapore, just seven miles to the north with its glittering skyline and robust economy, is Southeast Asia's Cinderella, Batam is her dark sister. — Peter Gwin, National Geographic, October 2007 The greatest gains in mine mechanization came in a burst of innovation following World War II, when robust new machines were developed … — Robert L. Marovelli, Scientific American, September 1982 Humfry was a man whom everyone noticed. His stature was above ordinary, his complexion sanguine, his conversation lively, and his constitution robust. — Samuel Eliot Morison, The European Discovery of America, 1971 Why is almost every robust healthy boy with a robust healthy soul in him, at some time or other crazy to go to sea? — Herman Melville, Moby Dick, 1851 robust young men and women He is in robust health. The sauce has a robust flavor.
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Recent Examples on the Web Now esports teams and their facilities are attracting a more robust share of investment capital. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "What to watch in 2020: Is esports a real moneymaker or all hype?," 3 Jan. 2020 Some business leaders also want the government to adopt a more robust climate policy. The Economist, "Australia’s bushfires intensify the debate about climate change," 31 Dec. 2019 And foreign competition could spur China’s domestic brokerages to become more robust. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "For Wall Street banks in China, is this time different?," 23 Dec. 2019 The cause of liberty can be advanced through social reform, through a more robust welfare state, through attacks on monopolies and unearned property. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, "The World The Economist Made," 17 Dec. 2019 Rivera and Quinn-Davidson said a more robust public education campaign will be the deciding factor in 2020. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage Assembly to take another run at alcohol tax," 10 Dec. 2019 Called The Fringe Collective, the two-year program will, in effect, help promising theater companies advance from offering once-a-year Fringe shows to a more robust full-time schedule. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "New Orlando Fringe program will foster up-and-coming theaters," 6 Dec. 2019 But that forgetfulness doesn’t permeate the entire human brain, and researchers couldn’t study the idea of modeling brain plasticity without a more robust device to begin with. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Russians Build Device That Imitates Biological Memory," 25 Nov. 2019 Scientific evidence which has become more robust over the past decade points increasingly to this reality. Peter Johnston, Quartz Africa, "South Africa’s farms face an existential threat from climate change," 20 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'robust.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of robust

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for robust

Latin robustus oaken, strong, from robor-, robur oak, strength

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The first known use of robust was in the 15th century

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13 Jan 2020

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“Robust.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/robust. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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More Definitions for robust

robust

adjective
How to pronounce robust (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of robust

: strong and healthy
: strongly formed or built
: successful or impressive and not likely to fail or weaken

robust

adjective
ro·​bust | \ rō-ˈbəst How to pronounce robust (audio) \

Kids Definition of robust

: strong and healthy

Other Words from robust

robustly adverb

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