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strike

verb

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1 to refuse to work in order to force an employer to meet demands
  • the union is calling for its members to strike until the mining company agrees to meet safety standards

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2 to act upon (a person or a person's feelings) so as to cause a response
  • we were struck by the willingness of total strangers to go out of their way to help us

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3 to enter the mind of
  • it struck her later that no one at the bank had asked for identification

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4 to come into usually forceful contact with something
  • the thump of hailstones striking the cars in the parking lot

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5 to deliver a blow to (someone or something) usually in a strong vigorous manner
  • the driver of the car behind me applied his brakes too late and struck my car from the rear

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6 to take apart
  • the stagehands struck the sets the morning after the play closed

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7 to take sudden, violent action against
  • a rattlesnake strikes its prey with lightning speed

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8 to cast a spell on
  • the only way that she's going to get a man is if she strikes one

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strike

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of strike (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a work stoppage by a body of workers intended to force an employer to meet their demands
  • the nurses will go on strike tomorrow unless they're finally given a pay raise

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3 a feature of someone or something that creates difficulty for achieving success
  • kids born into poverty already have a strike against them

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4 a forceful coming together of two things
  • the strike of a hammer against a nail always has a satisfying sound when you're building something yourself

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5 an unexpected benefit or advantage resulting from the uncertain course of events
  • she's made one strike after another since she began speculating in real estate

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Frequently Asked Questions About strike

How does the verb strike differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of strike are affect, impress, influence, sway, and touch. While all these words mean "to produce or have an effect upon," strike, similar to but weaker than impress, may convey the notion of sudden sharp perception or appreciation.

struck by the solemnity of the occasion

Where would affect be a reasonable alternative to strike?

The meanings of affect and strike largely overlap; however, affect implies the action of a stimulus that can produce a response or reaction.

the sight affected her to tears

When can impress be used instead of strike?

While the synonyms impress and strike are close in meaning, impress stresses the depth and persistence of the effect.

only one of the plans impressed him

When might influence be a better fit than strike?

The words influence and strike are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, influence implies a force that brings about a change (as in nature or behavior).

our beliefs are influenced by our upbringing

In what contexts can sway take the place of strike?

The synonyms sway and strike are sometimes interchangeable, but sway implies the acting of influences that are not resisted or are irresistible, with resulting change in character or course of action.

politicians who are swayed by popular opinion

When is touch a more appropriate choice than strike?

The words touch and strike can be used in similar contexts, but touch may carry a vivid suggestion of close contact and may connote stirring, arousing, or harming.

plants touched by frost

his emotions were touched by her distress

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The first known use of strike was before the 12th century

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28 May 2020

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“Strike.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/strike. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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