\ 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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The rivalry remains strong, and a new classification of cava specifically designed to compete with the offerings from Champagne has been announced. Krystin Arneson, Marie Claire, "The 5 Best Cavas to Sip Instead of Prosecco This Summer," 7 May 2019 Through all of these challenges, though, the Big 3 remain strong in solidarity. Sarah Chaves, Glamour, "This Is Us Gets So Many Things Right—But I Think It Takes the Easy Route With Grief," 2 Apr. 2019 But Kudlow insisted that while the economy has slowed, the labor market and underlying growth in consumer spending and business investment have remained strong. Martin Crutsinger, The Seattle Times, "Kudlow calls for one-half point rate cut by Fed," 31 Mar. 2019 Social pressure and the economic promise of a four-year university degree remain strong, especially among graduating high school students. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The State of American Trade Schools," 13 Mar. 2019 The two remained so close that Williams was one of the lucky celebs to be invited to Meghan's royal wedding to Prince Harry last May. Even after the former actress married into the royal family, their friendship remained strong. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Serena Williams Reunite for Dinner in NYC," 20 Feb. 2019 The overall strength of the economy remains strong, despite the recent stock market selloff. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Housing market signaled potential future downturn in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani may seem like an unlikely match, but the country singer and pop star's relationship is stronger than ever. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Blake Shelton Took Gwen Stefani on the Sweetest Family Vacation to His Home State," 1 Apr. 2019 Looking ahead, Meghan and Ben seem stronger than ever. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Everyone Wants to Know About Meghan McCain's Husband After That Viral Denise-Wedding Tweet," 28 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Still, though, my YouTube practice is going strong. Hannah Chenoweth, SELF, "The 9 Best YouTube Yoga Channels I Discovered While Practicing Yoga at Home for 6 Years," 5 May 2019 Kristen and Sara appear to have been going strong since that December breakfast date. Marie Claire, "Kristen Stewart and Sara Dinkin Engage in Steamy PDA at Coachella," 14 Apr. 2019 Meanwhile, Amy and her boyfriend, Chris Marek, have been going strong since December 2017. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Reason Why 'Little People, Big World' Stars Amy and Matt Roloff Divorced," 10 Apr. 2019 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

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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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