\ˈstrȯŋ \
stronger\ˈstrȯŋ-gər also -ər \; strongest\ˈstrȯŋ-gəst also -əst \

Definition of strong 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having or marked by great physical power

2 : having moral or intellectual power

3 : having great resources (as of wealth or talent)

4 : of a specified number an army ten thousand strong

5a : striking or superior of its kind a strong resemblance

b : effective or efficient especially in a specified direction strong on watching other people work— A. Alvarez

6 : forceful, cogent strong evidence strong talk

7 : not mild or weak : extreme, intense: such as

a : rich in some active agent strong beer

b of a color : high in chroma

c : ionizing freely in solution strong acids and bases

d : magnifying by refracting greatly a strong lens

8 obsolete : flagrant

9 : moving with rapidity or force a strong wind

10 : ardent, zealous a strong supporter

11a : not easily injured or disturbed : solid

b : not easily subdued or taken a strong fort

12 : well established : firm strong beliefs

13 : not easily upset or nauseated a strong stomach

14 : having an offensive or intense odor or flavor : rank strong breath

15 : tending to steady or higher prices a strong market

16a : of, relating to, or being a verb that is inflected by a change in the root vowel (such as strive, strove, striven) rather than by regular affixation

b of a noun or adjective declension in Germanic languages : retaining a greater number of distinctions in case, number and gender



Definition of strong (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a strong or forceful manner The wind was blowing strong from the West. The company is still going strong [=continuing successfully, flourishing] despite new challenges.

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Other Words from strong


strongish \ˈstrȯŋ-ish \ adjective
strongly \ˈstrȯŋ-lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for strong

Synonyms: Adjective

cast-iron, hard, hard-bitten, hardened, hardy, inured, rugged, stout, sturdy, tough, toughened, vigorous

Antonyms: Adjective

delicate, soft, tender, weak

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strong, stout, sturdy, stalwart, tough, tenacious mean showing power to resist or to endure. strong may imply power derived from muscular vigor, large size, structural soundness, intellectual or spiritual resources. strong arms the defense has a strong case stout suggests an ability to endure stress, pain, or hard use without giving way. stout hiking boots sturdy implies strength derived from vigorous growth, determination of spirit, solidity of construction. a sturdy table people of sturdy independence stalwart suggests an unshakable dependability. stalwart environmentalists tough implies great firmness and resiliency. a tough political opponent tenacious suggests strength in seizing, retaining, clinging to, or holding together. tenacious farmers clinging to an age-old way of life


strong, sturdy, and tough mean showing the power to endure opposing force. strong is used of great physical or material power. A strong person with a strong rope is needed to lift that. sturdy is used for the ability to endure pressure or hard use. The table is old but sturdy. tough means that something is very firm and able to stay together. Tough fabric lasts for years.

Examples of strong in a Sentence


an athlete with strong muscles He's as strong as an ox. The table should be strong enough to survive the trip. The builder added supports to make the walls stronger. He'll return to work when he's feeling a little stronger.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Both are strong in the air, with Varane scoring a header against Uruguay and Umtiti heading in the winner against Belgium. John Leicester,, "Five reasons why France will win the World Cup final," 14 July 2018 That ensures you’ll be covered for the strongest roof connections, hurricane-resistant garage and exterior doors and impact glass all around. Ron Hurtibise,, "Do you have enough homeowner insurance? Here's how to find out," 13 July 2018 The state of the autonomous vehicle industry is strong, and no one’s putting away the checkbook just yet. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Home From the Honeymoon, the Self-Driving Car Industry Faces Reality," 13 July 2018 President Donald Trump intends to nominate veteran congressional staffer James Morhard as NASA’s deputy administrator, hoping that strong bipartisan connections on Capitol Hill will compensate for lack of technical expertise. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "White House Taps Veteran Congressional Staffer for No.2 NASA Post," 12 July 2018 Buckeyes football was strong once again, going 12-2, winning the Cotton Bowl and the Big Ten Conference. Patrick Brennan,, "Ohio State tops CBS Sports 'Best in College Sports' rankings," 11 July 2018 Some of Mattis’ predecessors were even stronger in their criticisms. Robert Burns, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s attacks on NATO raise questions about its future," 10 July 2018 The economy has been strong under Mr. Trump, a booming stock market and low unemployment. NBC News, "Meet the Press - July 8, 2018," 8 July 2018 Rangers left-hander Martin Pérez was otherwise strong, allowing one run in seven innings in his first start since April 29. Katherine Fominykh,, "Orioles ride rookie Yefry Ramírez to beat error-riddled Rangers, 1-0," 15 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Demand for loans remains strong, suggesting a healthy economy. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Investors Are Ignoring the Good News in Banks," 13 July 2018 Forbes, who will turn 25 on July 23, started last season strong before tailing off. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Forbes, Spurs reach agreement on two-year deal," 10 July 2018 Still going strong after 31 days on release and boosted by a one-month release extension, the tentpole added $6.6 million for a cumulative total of $366 million. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "China Box Office: Indian Comedy 'Toilet: A Love Story' Tops Quiet Weekend," 11 June 2018 The record heat and dry conditions apparently kept the bloom strong, allowing the toxins to spread from the reservoir, into the North Santiam River and finally into Salem's drinking water for the first time at dangerous levels. Everton Bailey Jr.,, "1 dead, several injured in 3-car crash near Woodburn," 7 June 2018 Juliette Norris, Kelley Noppenberger and Alara Sheriff were newcomers that made big contributions, with Norris and Sheriff each playing strong defense at catcher. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Howard County JV spring athletes earn their stripes," 5 June 2018 Minutes later, Jones received the pass inside and went up strong against a pair of Kentucky players, making the shot and completing the and-one. Paul Shepherd, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Junior All-Stars get boost from Dawand Jones, but are swept by Kentucky juniors," 3 June 2018 Hulu is going strong with Handmaid's and the forthcoming Stephen King-J.J. Abrams project Castle Rock. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "With 112 Emmy Nominations, Netflix Officially Rules Television," 12 July 2018 The centre back partnership has been going strong now for the last seven season, and while both players are well into their 30's, neither look close to losing their ability., "Integral Juventus Defensive Duo Put Pen to Paper on Contract Extensions to Remain in Turin," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of strong


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strong


Middle English, from Old English strang; akin to Old High German strengi strong, Latin stringere to bind tight — more at strain

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\ˈstrȯŋ \
stronger\ˈstrȯŋ-gər \; strongest\ˈstrȯŋ-gəst \

Kids Definition of strong

1 : having great power in the muscles

2 : healthy sense 1 She's young and strong.

3 : not easy to injure, overcome, or resist : solid a strong bridge a strong opponent a strong urge

4 : enthusiastic, zealous a strong supporter

5 : moving with speed and force a strong wind

6 : having much of some quality : intense strong coffee strong light

7 : having a great deal of power a strong nation

8 : of a specified number an army 10,000 strong

9 : persuasive strong arguments

10 : well established : firm strong beliefs strong traditions

11 : having a powerful action or effect strong medicine strong discipline

12 : very noticeable a strong resemblance

Other Words from strong

strongly \ˈstrȯŋ-lē \ adverb

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