adjective \ˈstrȯŋ\

Definition of strong


play \ˈstrȯŋ-gər also -ər\;


play \ˈstrȯŋ-gəst also -əst\
  1. 1 :  having or marked by great physical power

  2. 2 :  having moral or intellectual power

  3. 3 :  having great resources (as of wealth or talent)

  4. 4 :  of a specified number an army ten thousand strong

  5. 5a :  striking or superior of its kind a strong resemblanceb :  effective or efficient especially in a specified direction strong on watching other people work — A. Alvarez

  6. 6 :  forceful, cogent strong evidence strong talk

  7. 7 :  not mild or weak :  extreme, intense: such asa :  rich in some active agent strong beerb of a color :  high in chromac :  ionizing freely in solution strong acids and basesd :  magnifying by refracting greatly a strong lens

  8. 8 obsolete :  flagrant

  9. 9 :  moving with rapidity or force a strong wind

  10. 10 :  ardent, zealous a strong supporter

  11. 11a :  not easily injured or disturbed :  solidb :  not easily subdued or taken a strong fort

  12. 12 :  well established :  firm strong beliefs

  13. 13 :  not easily upset or nauseated a strong stomach

  14. 14 :  having an offensive or intense odor or flavor :  rank strong breath

  15. 15 :  tending to steady or higher prices a strong market

  16. 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




play \ˈstrȯŋ-ish\ adjective


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

STRONG Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of strong for English Language Learners

  • : having great physical power and ability : having a lot of strength

  • : not easy to break or damage

  • : not sick or injured

STRONG Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈstrȯŋ\

Definition of strong for Students




  1. 1 :  having great power in the muscles

  2. 2 :  healthy 1 She's young and strong.

  3. 3 :  not easy to injure, overcome, or resist :  solid a strong bridge a strong opponent a strong urge

  4. 4 :  enthusiastic, zealous a strong supporter

  5. 5 :  moving with speed and force a strong wind

  6. 6 :  having much of some quality :  intense strong coffee strong light

  7. 7 :  having a great deal of power a strong nation

  8. 8 :  of a specified number an army 10,000 strong

  9. 9 :  persuasive strong arguments

  10. 10 :  well established :  firm strong beliefs strong traditions

  11. 11 :  having a powerful action or effect strong medicine strong discipline

  12. 12 :  very noticeable a strong resemblance


\ˈstrȯŋ-lē\ adverb

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