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robust Syllabification: ro·bust
Pronunciation: /rōˈbəst/

Definition of robust in English:

adjective (robuster, robustest)

1Strong and healthy; vigorous: the Caplans are a robust, healthy lot
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  • Her body, once the robust athletic image of health, now requires a machine to keep it alive.
  • Mid-summer plantings of short-season tomato cultivars can provide vigorous, robust plants from which to harvest high-quality fruit.
  • Losey's health, never robust, failed during the production of the film and he died in London on 22 June 1984.
healthy, fit, fighting fit, hale and hearty, lusty, in fine fettle
informal beefy, hunky
1.1(Of an object) sturdy in construction: a robust metal cabinet
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  • The wear and tear after twelve weeks of children running, jumping, and rarely standing still further supports Waterson's choice of robust construction elements, hazard signs and protective barriers.
  • Playing with the values of bookmaking and book arts, he has produced a series of artists’ books robust enough to be handled by the public.
  • The robust steel and concrete construction and strong geometric forms of the two buildings reinforce their physical relationship.
1.2(Of a process, system, organization, etc.) able to withstand or overcome adverse conditions: California’s robust property market
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  • The robust economy has resulted in more than seven million people worldwide now classed as high-net-worth individuals, with assets of $1 million or more.
  • He adds that the move is justified by a ‘more receptive’ public looking for more upscale choices in today's robust economy.
  • Dot-com fever and a robust economy had money pouring into the museum from longtime benefactors and new supporters alike.
1.3Uncompromising and forceful: the country’s decision to bow to UN pressure was preceded by a robust defense of its policies he took quite a robust view of my case
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  • There will be even less robust debate and argument, as everybody runs scared of being accused of bullying.
  • We have had a very robust debate this afternoon, and I encourage that.
  • He advocated theories existence that would be sufficiently robust to reveal the larger patterns of society and do justice to its intricacies and complexities.
1.4(Of wine or food) strong and rich in flavor or smell.
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  • Meeting the growing demand for robust cheeses relies on good milk, strong starters and quality flavors.
  • The specialty cheese segment has played well to consumer desires for foods with more robust and unique flavors.
  • You're planning a dinner for eight important guests and want the perfect robust red to go with filet mignon.


Mid 16th century: from Latin robustus 'firm and hard', from robus, earlier form of robur 'oak, strength'.

  • corroborate from mid 16th century:

    If someone corroborates an account or story, the facts are strengthened. Corroborate was first recorded in the sense ‘make physically stronger’ from the Latin verb corroborare ‘strengthen’ from robur ‘strength’ source of robust (mid 16th century).



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  • His paintings were characteristically semi-abstract, strongly-coloured, robustly worked, and often violent in expression - cockfighting was a favourite theme.
  • Detailing is robustly and legibly expressed, echoing the temporary site and construction structures that have become an inescapable part of the Lower Manhattan landscape.
  • Secondly, most of his works have a robustly individual conceptual framework which can seem to exist independently from the musical material involved in any one realisation of that work.


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  • The rootedness of a culture has traditionally been a test of its strength, robustness, and the health of its imperial prospects.
  • Do short revolving periods jeopardize the cooperative's financial health and robustness?
  • He has recovered something of his original robustness of physique and voice, following his health problems.

Words that rhyme with robust

adjust, august, bust, combust, crust, dust, encrust, entrust, gust, just, lust, mistrust, must, rust, thrust, trust, undiscussed

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