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

Synonyms & Antonyms for strong

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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

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 Voter turnout in Iowa was not as strong as many expected and was more or less in line with the number of voters who turned out in 2016. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "MSNBC analyst: Iowa caucuses 'essentially the perfect example of systemic racism'," 4 Feb. 2020 Arkansas, on the other hand, is ranked highly where Auburn is not but doesn’t do a great job in the areas Auburn is strong at. Giana Han, al, "Auburn working to figure out ‘unique’ Arkansas team," 4 Feb. 2020 In order to receive strong enough CMB light, a planet would need to orbit very close to the black hole’s event horizon. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Could a habitable planet orbit a black hole?," 4 Feb. 2020 But New Hampshire’s case gets stronger as Iowa’s gets weaker. Andrew Cline, WSJ, "New Hampshire Wins the Iowa Caucuses," 4 Feb. 2020 Several tests by CNN Business showed that the service works well and eliminates the need to download a game from scratch, but like other cloud gaming services, its effectiveness relies on how strong your Wi-Fi is. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Nvidia launches its cloud gaming service, GeForce Now," 4 Feb. 2020 To keep our district competitive and the community strong, please consider these important facts about Issue 32. cleveland, "South Euclid-Lyndhurst Schools voters face 6.9-mill levy on March 17 ballot," 4 Feb. 2020 Northbrook was led by seven points and two steals from Abigail Ortega, as the Raiders finished strong with a 12-point fourth quarter. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Memorial girls basketball honors seniors, prepares for final stretch," 3 Feb. 2020 Her black hair stood out even stronger in contrast to her sharp white suit. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "All the Details on Demi Lovato's Super Bowl Hair, Makeup, and Tan," 3 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Anna Faris and Michael Barrett are going strong as ever. Ale Russian,, "Anna Faris and Fiancé Michael Barrett Step Out After Allison Janney Confirms Their Engagement," 15 Jan. 2020 Falmouth: The state’s annual loon count showed a slight drop in the number of birds, but the population appears strong and steady, Maine Audubon said Monday. USA TODAY, "Loveland valentines, crime scene towels, corn trail: News from around our 50 states," 9 Jan. 2020 Defense holds strong early With Indiana’s offense moving backward, the Hoosiers needed Kane Wommack’s defense to manage the first half for them. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU lets fourth-quarter lead slip away, falls to Tennessee in Gator Bowl heartbreaker," 3 Jan. 2020 Unless Texas A&M finishes strong, that victory over the Tigers would be Bama’s only one over a team that finishes in the Top 25. C.j. Doon,, "Five things we learned from the College Football Playoff rankings for Week 13," 20 Nov. 2019 Not with award contenders and fan favorites like Little Women, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and Frozen 2 going strong. Sarah Midkiff,, "A Cats Catastrophe? The Film Could Lose £75 Million & Its Awards Consideration," 1 Jan. 2020 As the end of 2019 approaches, news reports about Apple's plans for 2020 and beyond are going strong. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Everything to Know About Apple’s Big iPhone Profits and a Big Potential Acquisition," 21 Dec. 2019 Their relationship has been going strong ever since El Moussa and Young met in Newport Beach. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "We’re Getting a 9th Season of Flip or Flop in 2020 With Christina Anstead and Tarek El Moussa," 13 Dec. 2019 Ashley and Cara have been going strong for quite a while now. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Ashley Benson Confirms She’s Still Dating Cara Delevingne Despite Recent Break-Up Tweet," 11 Dec. 2019

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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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“Strong.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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