\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

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

These changes support a healthy weight — critical for a strong heart. Stacey Colino, Woman's Day, "If You Experienced Pregnancy Complications, Your Heart May Be at Risk," 4 Dec. 2018 Apple seems to be getting stronger every year, while Intel is definitely not. Sean Hollister, The Verge, "5G is weeks away — and Tuesday marks its first real test," 30 Nov. 2018 Peskov reaffirmed Moscow's strong denial of any treaty violations. Fox News, "Treaty exits and extensions top Trump adviser's Moscow talks," 23 Oct. 2018 Some investors, however, see little evidence of a looming recession and point to still-strong corporate earnings. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Tech, Oil Stocks Help Markets Stabilize," 21 Nov. 2018 Come here for a strong (and giant) gin and tonic or negroni around 4:30, when the sun starts sinking behind the hills. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 Heading into 2020, the basic issue is that Democrats don’t have a strong, Hillary Clinton-esque frontrunner whose presence defines and structures the race. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The Beto O’Rourke 2020 buzz, explained," 20 Nov. 2018 Mids are consistently clean, treble is smooth—albeit pushed a bit further back than flatter, more audiophile-centric cans—and imaging is strong, which prevents tracks from sounding cluttered and makes the headphones good for casual gaming. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 This framework weds three of nature’s fundamental forces — the strong, the weak and the electromagnetic — into a single entity. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

One year after making their relationship public, Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus are going strong and using their summer breaks from work to grow their romance. Kara Warner,, "Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus Are Spending the Summer Together in L.A.: 'He Seems Very Happy'," 2 July 2018 Davids, a mixed martial arts fighter and an attorney, is going strong—and knows how to win a fight without punching below the belt. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 Some businesses are still planning to keep Saudi ties going strong. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Saudi Journalist’s Disappearance Sends Chill Through Foreign Investors, Firms," 11 Oct. 2018 About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a fact that might not surprise you thanks to the massive pink-themed awareness campaigns that have been going strong since the '80s. Barbara Brody, Good Housekeeping, "8 Common Myths About Metastatic Breast Cancer," 11 Sep. 2018 The Flip or Flop star and her British boyfriend have been going strong since announcing their relationship in January. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Christina El Moussa and Boyfriend Ant Anstead's Son Have the Sweetest Relationship," 6 Sep. 2018 Though the clandestine couple has yet to make an official public appearance together, the tattoos are further confirmation that these two are still going strong after a year of dating. Dan Barna, Glamour, "Dakota Johnson and Chris Martin Apparently Got Matching Tattoos," 5 Sep. 2018 Cheryl and Toni will almost certainly be going strong when the season starts, and hopefully the whole season long. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "12 Things We Know About “Riverdale” Season 3 So Far," 28 Aug. 2018 Demand for loans remains strong, suggesting a healthy economy. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Investors Are Ignoring the Good News in Banks," 13 July 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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