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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Other Words from strenuous

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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Lobster diving is more strenuous than many anticipate. Linda Trischitta,, "Diver who died is grim reminder of lobster miniseason’s dangers," 25 July 2019 More than just feeling fatigued, heat exhaustion is a serious condition caused by exposure to high temperatures, humidity, and strenuous physical activity. NBC News, "Don't fry: 3 stages of heat stroke you need to know," 19 July 2019 The notes themselves weren’t particularly strenuous to sing. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "Bill Callahan found domestic bliss. Then he wrote the great apocalypse ballad of 2019.," 15 July 2019 Harvard has emphasized that its admissions policies are strenuous. Michael Levenson,, "Harvard fires fencing coach over Needham house sale," 9 July 2019 Nevertheless, Ashley reportedly gave it a go (though how strenuous his efforts is up for debate), though Gerrard was apparently unmoved in his stance., "Steven Gerrard Turns Down Mike Ashley's Offer to Become Newcastle Manager," 8 July 2019 Because the walk isn't super strenuous, there's no need to break out the hardcore hiking gear. Nicola Fumo, Town & Country, "What to Pack for an Irish Getaway," 4 Mar. 2019 Reschedule strenuous outside activities to the morning or evening. Andrea Perez Balderrama, Detroit Free Press, "Heat index to hit 107 degrees in Detroit; excessive heat warning remains in effect," 19 July 2019 When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Emily Sweeney,, "Forecasters warn Saturday and Sunday will be ‘major scorchers’," 19 July 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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