plural strengths ˈstreŋ(k)ths How to pronounce strength (audio)
ˈstren(t)ths,
ˈstreŋks
1
: the quality or state of being strong : capacity for exertion or endurance
2
: power to resist force : solidity, toughness
3
: power of resisting attack : impregnability
4
a
: legal, logical, or moral force
b
: a strong attribute or inherent asset
the strengths and the weaknesses of the book are evident
5
a
: degree of potency of effect or of concentration
chili peppers in varying strengths
b
: intensity of light, color, sound, or odor
c
: vigor of expression
6
: force as measured in numbers : effective numbers of any body or organization
an army at full strength
7
: one regarded as embodying or affording force or firmness : support
you are my love and my strength
8
: maintenance of or a rising tendency in a price level : firmness of prices
the strength of the dollar
9
: basis
used in the phrase on the strength of
Phrases
from strength to strength
: vigorously forward : from one high point to the next
Choose the Right Synonym for strength

power, force, energy, strength, might mean the ability to exert effort.

power may imply latent or exerted physical, mental, or spiritual ability to act or be acted upon.

the awesome power of flowing water

force implies the actual effective exercise of power.

used enough force to push the door open

energy applies to power expended or capable of being transformed into work.

a worker with boundless energy

strength applies to the quality or property of a person or thing that makes possible the exertion of force or the withstanding of strain, pressure, or attack.

use weight training to build your strength

might implies great or overwhelming power or strength.

the belief that might makes right

Example Sentences

I was impressed by his strength. She's doing exercises to build up the strength in her legs. Don't work too hard. You need to conserve your strength for tomorrow. Pull-ups increase upper body strength. Working on a farm requires a lot of physical strength. the strength and durability of the material I pray that I'll have the strength to do what I have to do. His determination shows real strength of character. Her inner strength is an inspiration to us all. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Notre Dame’s biggest strength is on the offensive line, where the Irish are top 10 nationally in Football Outsiders’ Offensive Line Yards metric. Tanner Mcgrath, Chicago Tribune, 12 Nov. 2022 McCarthy believes the strength of this year’s team is its overall athleticism. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Nov. 2022 The monthly chart below tells us that the stock is not over extended and that relative strength is at new all-time high. Bill Sarubbi, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 In this respect, Tulsa King is broad and bland and very much written by people whose primary strength is not in comedy (not to take anything away from Winter’s early work on Sister, Sister). Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Nov. 2022 The strength of the North Texas defense is in its linebacker corps, home to the Mean Green’s top 3 tackle leaders on the team. Evan Dudley, al, 10 Nov. 2022 The storm’s strength was unusual, with Nicole becoming the first hurricane to strike the United States in November in nearly 40 years. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 10 Nov. 2022 Bickerstaff reiterated the organizational credo: The strength of the team is the team. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 5 Nov. 2022 To his mind, Israel’s strength is what has earned the country regional respectability: its ability to defend itself, its economy. Daniel Drake, The New York Review of Books, 5 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English strengthe, from Old English strengthu; akin to Old High German strengi strong — more at strong

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of strength was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Strength.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strength. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

1
: the quality or state of being strong
2
: power to resist force
3
: power to resist attack
4
a
: the power to have an effect
b
: degree of concentration
the strength of a liquid cleaner
c
: intensity of light, color, sound, or odor
5
: a strong quality
list the strengths and weaknesses of the book
6
: force as measured in numbers
army at full strength
7
: something or someone providing force or firmness : support entry 2
her family was her strength

Medical Definition

1
: the quality or state of being strong : capacity for exertion or endurance
2
: degree of potency of effect or of concentration
3
: degree of ionization of a solution
used of acids and bases

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