strenuous

adjective stren·u·ous \ ˈstren-yə-wəs \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of strenuous

1 a : vigorously active : energetic
b : fervent, zealous
  • his most strenuous supporters
2 : marked by or calling for energy or stamina : arduous
  • a strenuous hike

strenuosity

play \ˌstren-yə-ˈwä-sə-tē\ noun

strenuously

play \ˈstren-yə-wəs-lē\ adverb

strenuousness

noun

Examples of strenuous in a Sentence

  1. Avoid all strenuous exercise until the sprain heals.

  2. Today has been a very strenuous day.

  3. The proposal has faced strenuous opposition.

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Origin and Etymology of strenuous

Latin strenuus

Synonym Discussion of strenuous

vigorous, energetic, strenuous, lusty, nervous mean having or showing great vitality and force. vigorous further implies showing no signs of depletion or diminishing of freshness or robustness.
    • as vigorous as a youth half his age
energetic suggests a capacity for intense activity.
    • an energetic campaigner
strenuous suggests a preference for coping with the arduous or the challenging.
    • the strenuous life on an oil rig
lusty implies exuberant energy and capacity for enjoyment.
    • a lusty appetite for life
nervous suggests especially the forcibleness and sustained effectiveness resulting from mental vigor.
    • full of nervous energy

STRENUOUS Defined for English Language Learners

strenuous

adjective

Definition of strenuous for English Language Learners

  • : requiring or showing great energy and effort


STRENUOUS Defined for Kids

strenuous

adjective stren·u·ous \ ˈstren-yə-wəs \

Definition of strenuous for Students

1 : showing or requiring much energy and effort
  • a strenuous climb
2 : very active : energetic
  • He leads a strenuous life.

strenuously

adverb


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