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

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



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 How to pronounce strongish (audio) \ adjective
strongly \ ˈstrȯŋ-​lē How to pronounce strongly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for strong

Synonyms: Adjective

brawny, muscular, rugged, sinewy, stalwart, stout

Antonyms: Adjective

delicate, feeble, frail, weak, weakling, wimpy

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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

Vonleh shot 34 percent from 3-point range last season, adequate for a player his size, and was strong on the glass, averaging 7.8 rebounds with the Knicks. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Noah Vonleh sees ‘a lot of opportunity’ with Timberwolves," 8 July 2019 Liverpool coasted to European glory last season and are expected to be strong again., "Why Real Madrid Fans Shouldn't Be Overly Optimistic Despite Summer Spending Spree," 7 July 2019 Symington believes his record is strong, and shakes off the idea that his past could be a burden. Alden Woods, azcentral, "More cake, less scandal (and no UFOs): Ex-Gov. Fife Symington is still looking for his legacy," 7 July 2019 To support his approach, the governor has pointed to Colorado’s strong economy and other states that have restricted spending and taxes. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Dunleavy budget vetoes will result in Alaska job losses, economists say," 4 July 2019 The sentiment is especially strong among the Ethiopian community. Catherine Kim, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Trump throws census plans out the window," 4 July 2019 The problem isn’t labor demand, the economy is still very strong. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, "Walters: Newsom’s housing deal is just a baby step for California," 3 July 2019 Jason Bonnet, vice president of development at Brookfield Properties, said last month that tenant interest was strong. Roland Li,, "SF office rents soar to fresh record amid supply crunch," 3 July 2019 At this point, the hail either rains down or, if the updrafts are strong enough, travels back up into the clouds to start the process all over again, growing in size until the swirling air can no longer support its weight. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "A Summer Hailstorm Buried the Mexican City of Guadalajara Under Ice," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The band has been going strong for nearly 60 years, a constant presence in stadiums around the world. Washington Post, "24 things to do in the D.C. area this Fourth of July holiday weekend," 3 July 2019 Jolie’s footwear game is strong: the jet-setting director and philanthropist champions the fancy flat (her preferred versions are by Chloé and Everlane) and Lara Croft–style boots. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Angelina Jolie Finds Another Pretty, Practical Shoe: The Midi Heel," 22 Aug. 2018 Croatia is strong across the field, with Liverpool's Dejan Lovren at the back and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic up front. Gerald Imray,, "In-form Croatia face Denmark in a battle of Eastern European hopefuls," 30 June 2018 If a kid is throwing strikes and his defense is strong behind him, a kid could easily get through three innings, maybe four. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "NASA Major All-Stars preparing for District 14 debut Sunday night," 19 June 2019 HGTV’s Property Brothers' unique combination of real estate, renovation, and friendly sibling rivalry continues going strong since the duo's show first premiered in January 2011. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "'Property Brothers: Forever Home' Is As Emotional as Jonathan and Drew Scott Said It Would Be," 21 June 2019 Jessie J’s romance with Channing Tatum is going strong. Rachel Desantis,, "Jessie J Talks Meeting Channing Tatum and His Ex Jenna Dewan's Daughter: 'She's Absolutely Lovely'," 15 June 2019 Each reboot will feature 20 new episodes of under 10 minutes in length Television reboot fever is going strong. Aurelie Corinthios,, "MTV Is Rebooting Punk'd and Singled Out," 4 June 2019 The Shepherd Lady Pirates were overwhelmed in their Jan. 26 basketball game against the Diboll Lady Jacks, who strong-armed the home team in the first period before winning 79-16. Jacob Mcadams, Houston Chronicle, "Shepherd Lady Pirates fall to Diboll Lady Jacks 79-16," 29 Jan. 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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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


\ 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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