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 strength (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 To become interested in a boring subject was a feat of strength. Elizabeth Mccracken, Harpers Magazine, "The Souvenir Museum," 5 Jan. 2021 Trump is trying to mobilize a show of strength that could intimidate lawmakers who certify the result, exhorting his supporters to travel to Washington for mass protests Wednesday. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump divides Republican Party on his way out of office with push to overturn election," 5 Jan. 2021 Just raising a camera from his lap becomes a feat of strength. James Joseph, Popular Mechanics, "Jetography: Photographing Fighter Jets at 40,000 Feet," 31 Dec. 2020 For several years before the pandemic, U.S. interest rates on both the long and short ends of the yield curve were substantially higher than in Europe and Japan—a major source of strength for the U.S. currency. Aaron Back, WSJ, "King Dollar Is Abdicating and That’s OK," 30 Dec. 2020 Kremlin has drawn on space race symbolism more than once this year to project an image of strength amid the pandemic. Washington Post, "Russia’s space chief pens stargazing ballads. They also serve Moscow’s political orbit.," 27 Dec. 2020 In one quick burst of strength, that critter had yanked a total of 805 pounds about 30 feet. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: A Kind Word for the Horse," 26 Dec. 2020 Key features of the holiday include a bare aluminum pole, demonstrating feats of strength, and of course, the airing of grievances. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Rand Paul releases annual 'Festivus Report' of government excess," 23 Dec. 2020 His useful message is that supporting can be an act of strength, for a man as well as for a woman. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "First Ladies and Second Gentlemen," 20 Dec. 2020

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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13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Strength.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strength. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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 strength (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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