strength

noun
\ 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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Choose the Right Synonym for strength

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 Meanwhile, millions more went to assistant coaches, strength coaches, and — at some schools — to athletics directors and a range of team staffers. Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, "Ed Orgeron leads way as college football head coaches rake in $11.4M in bonuses this season," 14 Jan. 2020 The Lions have parted ways with eight coaches since the end of the season, including Pasqualoni, special teams coordinator John Bonamego and strength coach Harold Nash. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions reportedly hiring Cory Undlin as defensive coordinator," 13 Jan. 2020 Our strength coach had to stop him from doing full workouts the day of the game. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Zdeno Chara has become the quintessential Bruin — smart, strong, and dedicated," 12 Jan. 2020 Primary as a political gauge The Texas presidential primary will foreshadow the party’s voter strength in the general election against Trump, much like the 2018 primary signaled that Democrats would make things close in the midterm elections. Dallas News, "With Super Tuesday primaries looming, Democratic presidential hopefuls step up their Texas outreach," 12 Jan. 2020 Terawan measured muscle strength in the same patients before and after his treatment, a far weaker trial design. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, "Indonesian health minister under fire for pushing his own controversial stroke treatment," 10 Jan. 2020 For patients looking to strengthen atrophied muscles, Dr. CaRo can switch between assistive and resistive modes to accommodate patients looking to regain strength and dexterity in their limbs. Time, "The 25 Best Products of CES 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 Investors hope that 2020 could be an even bigger year for Apple, based on its growing services business, including Apple Music and Apple TV+, and continuing strength in iPhone sales. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Starts 2020 With Soaring Shares, Talk of a Notchless iPhone," 4 Jan. 2020 Our athlete this week is Delise Johnson, a certified trainer and strength coach at Crunch Gym. Amy Eisinger, M.a., SELF, "Lower-Body Equipment-Free Workout With a Cardio Burnout," 31 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'strength.' 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 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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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Strength.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strength?show=0&t=1316726711. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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More Definitions for strength

strength

noun
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

strength

noun
\ 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

strength

noun
\ 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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