\ 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 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 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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By year’s end that is expected to jump to 57 planes a month, and Boeing has said demand may be strong enough to go even higher. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "The FAA Has No Current Plans to Ground Boeing’s 737 MAX After Deadly Crash," 11 Mar. 2019 For black women, that requirement rises to the level of being preternaturally strong. Brittney Cooper, Marie Claire, "Stacey Abrams Is Just Getting Started," 11 Mar. 2019 The air smells like things are growing, the sun is stronger, and everyone is just in a better mood. Allure, "7 Gorgeous Spring Hair-Color Trends to Try," 11 Mar. 2019 Even though the evidence in its favor is pretty strong, there are other possible explanations for the weird orbits of all of these outer solar system objects that don’t involve an extra planet. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What We Know About Planet Nine," 9 Mar. 2019 Boden and Fleck’s perspective may have simply been that girls and women are strong. Kendra James, Harper's BAZAAR, "Captain Marvel Can't Get By on Girl Power Alone," 9 Mar. 2019 To me, being a girl means being capable, strong, and valuable even in the face of a world that doesn’t seem to think so. Willa Bennett, Seventeen, "I Asked 500 Girls Around The World What Being Female Means To Them," 8 Mar. 2019 If girls are exposed to strong, female STEM role models, a career in these fields will seem as attractive and attainable as any other. Shannon Willoby, Redbook, "Why Girls Need More Mentors in STEM," 8 Mar. 2019 Apart from the gravitational evidence, which is strong, all the other potential indications of it haven't held up to scrutiny. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Pulsars could convert dark matter into something we could see," 20 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

By contrast, United is looking strong under unbeaten new coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with no major injuries. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "PSG missing Cavani for Champions League 1st leg v Man United," 10 Feb. 2019 And now their relationship is going strong, over four years later. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Ansel Elgort's Girlfriend Violetta Komyshan: Everything We Know," 10 Jan. 2019 But the notably-resilient Hogan is running strong in 2018 -- leading by double-digits against his closest Democrat challengers and amassing a war chest bigger than the combined total of the entire Democratic primary field. Joseph Weber, Fox News, "As Dems focus on big state-level wins, GOP's Hogan mounts impressive reelection bid in Maryland," 26 May 2018 In other relationship news, Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus are going strong. Allie Jones, The Cut, "What Is Going on With Olivia Munn and Chris Pratt?," 23 Jan. 2018 Shop The buzz has been going strong in the Funk Zone ever since the neighborhood began revamping its warehouses into tasting rooms and boutiques a few years ago. Sunset, "Santa Barbara Guidebook: What to See & Do Now," 22 Jan. 2018 The specialty foods store at 1051 Lexington Avenue, founded in 1921 and run for decades in its present location by Mrs. Christine Poll, is today going strong in the care of her sons James and Stanley. David Netto, Town & Country, "On the Upper East Side, William Poll is Where the Billionaires Go for Their Basics," 1 Dec. 2017 Some depth would help Jim Boeheim's team this season, but the top is strong. 6. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Updated ACC power rankings: Where does Louisville basketball rate?," 31 May 2018 The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver was followed by A.J. Foyt Racing's Tony Kanaan (225.896 mph) and Andretti-Herta Autosport's Marco Andretti (225.585 mph) — who have each been strong all week. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Day 3 Indy 500 highlights: Sato calls day 'terrible,' Fittipaldi targets return date," 17 May 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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