stren·​u·​ous | \ ˈstren-yə-wəs How to pronounce strenuous (audio) \

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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strenuosity \ ˌstren-​yə-​ˈwä-​sə-​tē How to pronounce strenuosity (audio) \ noun
strenuously \ ˈstren-​yə-​wəs-​lē How to pronounce strenuously (audio) \ 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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That may be a result of dehydration, which could have different causes, including: not drinking enough fluids, strenuous exercise or time spent in a hot environment. Marcos Del Rosario-santiago,, "Doctors say summer is kidney-stone season. Here’s what you should know.," 1 July 2019 To punish him, Jones forced the boy to do various strenuous exercises for a long time. Vandana Ravikumar, USA TODAY, "South Carolina father Timothy Jones Jr. found guilty of 'obscene, outrageous' murders of his five children," 4 June 2019 Yung said, adding that many of his previous patients go on to participate in strenuous activities after recovering fully. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Transplant was no easy road for Oceanside man who fought for new lung," 10 June 2019 On May 17, Commander Coil also sustained a life-ending shoulder fracture while galloping, which is not considered a strenuous activity. John Cherwa,, "Derby River is 27th horse to die since Santa Anita opened meet Dec. 26," 6 June 2019 Their long hours, strenuous working conditions, and agricultural expertise provide the sustenance that fuels our country’s diet. Teen Vogue, "Farmworker Women Facing Sexual Harassment are Offered Few Protections," 2 Apr. 2019 Teen Vogue spoke with four experts from some of the world’s biggest beauty brands, about their inspirations for naming products and the strenuous (but mostly fun) work that goes into it. Rosa Sanchez, Teen Vogue, "How Your Favorite Cosmetics Products Got Their Cheeky Names," 11 Apr. 2019 Since then, however, Samsung has implemented strenuous manufacturing safeguard for batteries, so all should be well. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a better S Pen, smarter camera, and astronomical price," 9 Aug. 2018 The following October, after years of strenuous lobbying from Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and the entire Soviet literary establishment, Sholokhov at last received the prize, just when the timing could not have been worse. Gary Saul Morson, WSJ, "‘Stalin’s Scribe’ Review: Collaborator Laureate," 8 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce strenuous (audio) \

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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