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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Recent Examples on the Web His ousting came after a strenuous attempt to hold on to power. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Bolivia’s Evo Morales Wants to Stay in the Game," 20 Nov. 2019 On Wednesday, an aide also confirmed that Bloomberg has applied to appear on the ballot in Tennessee, a state with strenuous requirements that require candidates to obtain signatures from at least 2,500 registered Democrats in the state. Ed O'keefe, CBS News, "Michael Bloomberg won't file for New Hampshire primary," 13 Nov. 2019 Under the most extreme black flag conditions, triggered when temperatures top 90 degrees, the military requires 50 minutes of rest for every 10 minutes of strenuous work. NBC News, "Rising temperatures put U.S. troops at risk during training, report finds," 11 Nov. 2019 As Tina, strenuous legwork is a given, but building her upper body has also been critical to safely catching herself in falls during staged fights with Ike. Naveen Kumar, New York Times, "From Annie to Tina Turner, and Trained to Go the Distance," 30 Oct. 2019 All successful applicants must still pass a polygraph examination, strenuous vetting checks, and the highest level of background investigation available, in addition to still undergoing basic training at our academies. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Criminal misconduct by US border officers has reached a 5-year high," 24 Oct. 2019 Ice baths, also known as cold water immersion therapy, can lower the temperature of the muscles after a strenuous bout of exercise, Lauren Lobert, DPT, CSCS, physical therapist and owner of APEX Physical Therapy in Brighton, Michigan, tells Health. Claire Gillespie,, "Lady Gaga Shares Nude Photo in an Ice Bath for Her 'Post-Show Routine'—But Can That Really Help Recovery?," 18 Oct. 2019 Their wages, while potentially reaching high hourly rates depending on their individual production rates, ultimately amount to paltry annual salaries when compared to the strenuous nature of their work. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "American Farming Runs on Exploitation," 17 Oct. 2019 In Panama City, where Hurricane Michael destroyed or damaged 85% of the structures, recovery has been slow and strenuous. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Panama City Hosting Survivors Concert 1 Year After Hurricane Michael," 11 Oct. 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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25 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Strenuous.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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