\ ˈstreŋ(k)th How to pronounce strength (audio) , ˈstren(t)th How to pronounce strength (audio) \
plural strengths\ ˈstreŋ(k)ths How to pronounce strengths (audio) , ˈstren(t)ths , ˈstreŋks \

Definition of strength

1 : the quality or state of being strong : capacity for exertion or endurance
2 : power to resist force : solidity, toughness
3 : power of resisting attack : impregnability
4a : legal, logical, or moral force
b : a strong attribute or inherent asset the strengths and the weaknesses of the book are evident
5a : degree of potency of effect or of concentration chili peppers in varying strengths
b : intensity of light, color, sound, or odor
c : vigor of expression
6 : force as measured in numbers : effective numbers of any body or organization an army at full strength
7 : one regarded as embodying or affording force or firmness : support you are my love and my strength
8 : maintenance of or a rising tendency in a price level : firmness of prices the strength of the dollar
9 : basis used in the phrase on the strength of
from strength to strength
: vigorously forward : from one high point to the next

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power, force, energy, strength, might mean the ability to exert effort. power may imply latent or exerted physical, mental, or spiritual ability to act or be acted upon. the awesome power of flowing water force implies the actual effective exercise of power. used enough force to push the door open energy applies to power expended or capable of being transformed into work. a worker with boundless energy strength applies to the quality or property of a person or thing that makes possible the exertion of force or the withstanding of strain, pressure, or attack. use weight training to build your strength might implies great or overwhelming power or strength. the belief that might makes right

Examples of strength in a Sentence

I was impressed by his strength. She's doing exercises to build up the strength in her legs. Don't work too hard. You need to conserve your strength for tomorrow. Pull-ups increase upper body strength. Working on a farm requires a lot of physical strength. the strength and durability of the material I pray that I'll have the strength to do what I have to do. His determination shows real strength of character. Her inner strength is an inspiration to us all.
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Recent Examples on the Web This is a powerful post player with nice touch around the rim, a burgeoning offensive arsenal, enough strength to bang with some of the league’s top big men, good defensive instincts and solid passing ability for his position. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors consider trading No. 2 pick to Bulls for Wendell Carter, No. 4 pick," 18 Nov. 2020 In the book, part of which focuses on her girlhood in Missouri, Evans lauds her mother’s strength, work ethic and sense of humor. Mary Colurso |, al, "Thanksgiving 2020: Sara Evans shares her mom’s recipe for Refrigerator Rolls," 18 Nov. 2020 The book’s strength is in the early material, and Lakota America joins a number of other histories that are, collectively, forcing us to reimagine—or get to know for the first time—the early days of empire. David Treuer, The New York Review of Books, "The Power Brokers," 17 Nov. 2020 The key for the Ravens is to play with a lead because pass blocking is not this group’s strength. Mike Preston,, "Mike Preston’s midseason report card: Position-by-position grades for Ravens' 6-2 start | COMMENTARY," 14 Nov. 2020 Smith and other officials tasked with advising Herbert on housing trends point to the state’s relative economic strength compared to the rest of the country and the assistance of federal aid. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, "How a former Utes basketball player’s eviction reveals the tough spot many renters are in during the COVID-19 pandemic," 13 Nov. 2020 That the Electoral College strategy is even being talked about is a sign of weakness, not strength, and desperation is not a good reason to precipitate a constitutional crisis. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Completely Insane Electoral College Strategy," 13 Nov. 2020 And special teams, historically an Iowa strength, are among the Big Ten’s best again, ranking in the top three in kickoff returns and punt returns while showing off their new Australian punter. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Iowa's 1-2 record is deceptive heading into Gophers rivalry game," 12 Nov. 2020 Atmospheric effects, particularly water moisture and smoke particles, quickly dilute a laser’s strength. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Putting Death Rays on Fighter Jets. Yes, Death Rays.," 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of strength

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for strength

Middle English strengthe, from Old English strengthu; akin to Old High German strengi strong — more at strong

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The first known use of strength was before the 12th century

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20 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Strength.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce strength (audio) How to pronounce strength (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of strength

: the quality or state of being physically strong
: the ability to resist being moved or broken by a force
: the quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined and effective way


\ ˈstreŋth How to pronounce strength (audio) \

Kids Definition of strength

1 : the quality or state of being physically strong He pushed the rock with all his strength.
2 : power to resist force the strength of a rope
3 : ability to produce an effect maximum strength cough syrup
4 : degree of intensity … the full strength of the thunderstorm erupted.— Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising
5 : power as measured in numbers The army is at full strength.
6 : a strong or positive quality What do you think are your strengths and weaknesses?
7 : the inner courage or determination that allows a person to face and deal with difficulties


\ ˈstreŋ(k)th How to pronounce strength (audio) , ˈstren(t)th How to pronounce strength (audio) \
plural strengths\ ˈstreŋ(k)ths, ˈstren(t)ths, ˈstreŋks How to pronounce strengths (audio) \

Medical Definition of strength

1 : the quality or state of being strong : capacity for exertion or endurance
2 : degree of potency of effect or of concentration
3 : degree of ionization of a solution used of acids and bases

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