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strong

adjective

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1 having muscles capable of exerting great physical force
  • I need some strong people to help me move furniture

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3 having a powerfully stimulating odor or flavor
  • the garlic in the sauce is almost too strong
  • that's mighty strong perfume you're wearing

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4 having an abundance of some characteristic quality (as flavor)
  • strong coffee

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5 having an unpleasant smell
  • the dog's strong breath nearly bowled me over

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7 having the power to persuade
  • made a strong argument for starting school an hour later each day

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8 marked by the ability to withstand stress without structural damage or distortion
  • buildings strong enough to withstand an earthquake

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9 not showing weakness or uncertainty
  • a strong belief in the value of hard work

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Frequently Asked Questions About strong

How is the word strong different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of strong are stalwart, stout, sturdy, tenacious, and tough. While all these words 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

When might stalwart be a better fit than strong?

The meanings of stalwart and strong largely overlap; however, stalwart suggests an unshakable dependability.

stalwart environmentalists

When would stout be a good substitute for strong?

The words stout and strong can be used in similar contexts, but stout suggests an ability to endure stress, pain, or hard use without giving way.

stout hiking boots

When is it sensible to use sturdy instead of strong?

The words sturdy and strong are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, sturdy implies strength derived from vigorous growth, determination of spirit, solidity of construction.

a sturdy table

people of sturdy independence

Where would tenacious be a reasonable alternative to strong?

In some situations, the words tenacious and strong are roughly equivalent. However, tenacious suggests strength in seizing, retaining, clinging to, or holding together.

tenacious farmers clinging to an age-old way of life

In what contexts can tough take the place of strong?

Although the words tough and strong have much in common, tough implies great firmness and resiliency.

a tough political opponent

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

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“Strong.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/strong. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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