stren·​u·​ous | \ˈstren-yə-wəs \

Definition of strenuous 

1a : vigorously active : energetic

b : fervent, zealous his most strenuous supporters

2 : marked by or calling for energy or stamina : arduous a strenuous hike

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Other Words from strenuous

strenuosity \ˌstren-​yə-​ˈwä-​sə-​tē \ noun
strenuously \ˈstren-​yə-​wəs-​lē \ adverb
strenuousness noun

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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

Examples of strenuous in a Sentence

Avoid all strenuous exercise until the sprain heals. Today has been a very strenuous day. The proposal has faced strenuous opposition.
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But some experts worry that strenuous exercise, such as intensive running, cycling or weight training, could tire or injure a pregnant woman and possibly rob her child of oxygen or nutrients. Gretchen Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Vigorous exercise, even a trek up Everest, may be safe during pregnancy," 26 Oct. 2018 Quick-digesting carbs: Things like rice and cornmeal cause blood sugar levels to rise, which is extremely helpful before strenuous activity. Shelby Deering, Country Living, "Ask a Country Vet: How Can I Keep My Sporting Dog Healthy and Happy?," 11 Sep. 2018 Women in strenuous jobs lost their pregnancies after employers denied their requests for light duty, even ignoring doctors’ notes. Natalie Kitroeff, The Seattle Times, "Miscarrying at work: the physical toll of pregnancy discrimination," 26 Oct. 2018 For a less strenuous outing, check out the marshes near Is Solinas. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 The report has attracted strenuous denials from Amazon, Apple, and Super Micro. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Bloomberg: Super Micro motherboards used by Apple, Amazon contained Chinese spy chips," 4 Oct. 2018 After the overhanging offwidth to chimney, the climbing was straightforward, if strenuous. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "The Story of the First Ascent," 9 July 2018 But soccer is not the most strenuous athletic activity, as measured by the average rate at which players burn calories. Tom Avril,, "World Cup athletes burn a lot of energy. But some sports are even more demanding," 6 July 2018 More strenuous hiking options go to the Mariposa Grove Cabin and Wawona Point. Mary Forgione,, "It's back to the big trees. Yosemite's Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias reopens after three-year restoration project," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of strenuous

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for strenuous

Latin strenuus

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English Language Learners Definition of strenuous

: requiring or showing great energy and effort


stren·​u·​ous | \ˈstren-yə-wəs \

Kids Definition of strenuous

1 : showing or requiring much energy and effort a strenuous climb

2 : very active : energetic He leads a strenuous life.

Other Words from strenuous

strenuously adverb

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