ro·bust | \rō-ˈbəst, 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, ˈrō-(ˌ)bəs(t)- \ noun

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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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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer calls it an interim solution and said a more robust and lasting option will require a partnership with Orange County, the faith community and social-service agencies. Kate Santich,, "Downtown Orlando needs full-time drop-in center for homeless, leaders say," 13 July 2018 Over 60 years since her death, Frida Kahlo’s enduring legacy—and personal brand—is more robust than ever. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Happy Birthday, Frida Kahlo! What the Mexican Artist Kept Inside Her Makeup Bag," 6 July 2018 Visits to fast-casual restaurants have grown 6 percent annually over the last five years, fueled in part by robust growth in the number of such outlets. Lori Weisberg,, "Fast casual chains — think Panera, Chipotle — show no signs of fading," 4 July 2018 The current account deficit is widening, and although the economy posted a robust 7 percent growth last year, analysts say it is fueled in part by unsustainable construction of grandiose projects. Elena Becatoros And Zeynep Bilginsoy, Fox News, "Turkey heads to landmark presidential, parliamentary vote," 22 June 2018 But there is a far more robust way to find out what people meant by this or that word in the 18th century. The Economist, "What does it mean to “bear arms”?," 7 June 2018 Intel is enjoying robust growth in sales and profits despite a prolonged downturn in its core market, microprocessors for PCs and laptops. Mike Rogoway,, "Intel ousts its chief marketing officer," 13 May 2018 Because of the closed nature of Facebook, there’s no robust way to see those messages without logging in, which is a big part of what keeps us coming back. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Four features that would tame Facebook," 5 May 2018 With refinements, however, the novel attack vector could one day provide a more robust way to compromise a serious vulnerability in both computers and phones that can be mitigated but never actually patched. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Drive-by Rowhammer attack uses GPU to compromise an Android phone," 3 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of robust

: strong and healthy

: strongly formed or built

: successful or impressive and not likely to fail or weaken


ro·bust | \rō-ˈbəst \

Kids Definition of robust

: strong and healthy

Other Words from robust

robustly adverb

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