strong

adjective
\ ˈstrȯŋ How to pronounce strong (audio) \
stronger\ ˈstrȯŋ-​gər How to pronounce strong (audio) also  -​ər \; strongest\ ˈstrȯŋ-​gəst How to pronounce strong (audio) also  -​əst \

Definition of strong

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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 toward 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

strong

adverb

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

Adjective

strongish \ ˈstrȯŋ-​ish How to pronounce strong (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for strong

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

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

Examples of strong in a Sentence

Adjective 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 Throughout the pandemic, the demand for technical employees has remained strong. Domini Clark, Forbes, "Avoid The 2021 Rush: Hire Top Technical Talent Now," 1 Mar. 2021 The desire to be rid of the virus is strong as fatigue has set in. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Why are COVID-19 cases down? Experts say rise and fall depends on cycle of following guidelines," 1 Mar. 2021 Spending on goods continues to be strong, which is good for the manufacturing sector. WSJ, "Transcript: WSJ Interview With Richmond Fed President Thomas Barkin," 1 Mar. 2021 His English wasn’t strong, so Hattori may not have understood what Peairs was saying to him. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Muddled History of Anti-Asian Violence," 1 Mar. 2021 One dose was 85% protective against the most severe covid-19 illness, in a study that spanned three continents -- protection that remained strong even in countries such as South Africa, where the variants of most concern are spreading. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "FDA signs off on third shot to fight virus," 28 Feb. 2021 One dose was 85% protective against the most severe COVID-19 illness, in a massive study that spanned three continents — protection that remained strong even in countries such as South Africa, where the variants of most concern are spreading. Time, "FDA Authorizes Johnson & Johnson's One-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine," 28 Feb. 2021 One dose was 85% protective against the most severe COVID-19 illness, in a massive study that spanned three continents — protection that remained strong even in countries such as South Africa, where the variants of most concern are spreading. Lauran Neergaard And Matthew Perrone, chicagotribune.com, "FDA clears Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose shot, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine," 27 Feb. 2021 Kirby said the Florida and Las Vegas markets have remained relatively strong during the pandemic, while California, ordinarily a top-five destinations for most cities, was extensively locked down. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Spirit Airlines adding Orlando routes, expecting surge in summer travel," 26 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Covid-19 has caused some countries to take a more nationalistic approach to vaccine distribution – strong-arming companies to distribute locally in spite of contracts to supply other countries. Steven Dudash, Forbes, "Unwinding Globalization: Why Just In Case Is Making A Comeback," 26 Feb. 2021 But his Iran strategy will test whether appeasement with friends produces better outcomes than standing strong alone. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Biden’s Art of the Iran Concession," 19 Feb. 2021 The homicidal doll burst his way back into pop culture with a reboot last year, but the original franchise is still going strong too, believe it or not. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 40 Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime," 24 Jan. 2021 The homicidal doll burst his way back into pop culture with a reboot last year, but the original franchise is still going strong too, believe it or not. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 40 Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime," 24 Jan. 2021 The homicidal doll burst his way back into pop culture with a reboot last year, but the original franchise is still going strong too, believe it or not. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 40 Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime," 24 Jan. 2021 The homicidal doll burst his way back into pop culture with a reboot last year, but the original franchise is still going strong too, believe it or not. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now," 16 Jan. 2021 The president has tried everything else - baseless fraud claims, undermining voting by mail, dubious legal challenges and strong-arming state legislatures - to try to reverse his loss. Amber Phillips, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump allies in Congress will launch one more challenge to Biden’s win," 30 Dec. 2020 The best news: While Black Friday doesn’t arrive until Friday, the deals are going strong right now. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The Mac, iPad, Apple Watch and AirPods are all seeing big discounts for Black Friday," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of strong

Adjective

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

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strong

Adjective

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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The first known use of strong was before the 12th century

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3 Mar 2021

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“Strong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strong. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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strong

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of strong

: having great physical power and ability : having a lot of strength
: not easy to break or damage
: not sick or injured

strong

adjective
\ ˈstrȯŋ How to pronounce strong (audio) \
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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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.

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