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strong

adjective \ ˈstrȯŋ \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of strong

stronger play \ˈstrȯŋ-gər also -ər\; strongest play \ˈstrȯŋ-gəst also -əst\
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
5 a : 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
11 a : 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
16 : 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

strongish

play \ˈstrȯŋ-ish\ adjective

strongly

play \ˈstrȯŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of strong in a Sentence

  1. an athlete with strong muscles

  2. He's as strong as an ox.

  3. The table should be strong enough to survive the trip.

  4. The builder added supports to make the walls stronger.

  5. He'll return to work when he's feeling a little stronger.

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Origin and Etymology of strong

Middle English, from Old English strang; akin to Old High German strengi strong, Latin stringere to bind tight — more at strain

Synonym Discussion of strong

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

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strong

adverb

Definition of strong

: 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.

Recent Examples of strong from the Web

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First Known Use of strong

before 12th century



STRONG Defined for Kids

strong

adjective \ ˈstrȯŋ \

Definition of strong for Students

stronger \ˈstrȯŋ-gər\; strongest \ˈstrȯŋ-gəst\
1 : having great power in the muscles
2 : healthy 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

strongly

\ˈstrȯŋ-lē\ adverb

Synonym Discussion of strong

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.


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