Definition of robust in English:


Line breaks: ro¦bust
Pronunciation: /rə(ʊ)ˈbʌst

adjective (robuster, robustest)

  • 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.
  • 1.1Strong and healthy; vigorous: the Caplan family are a robust 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.
    strong, vigorous, sturdy, tough, powerful, powerfully built, solidly built, as strong as a horse/ox, muscular, sinewy, rugged, hardy, strapping, brawny, burly, husky; healthy, fit, fighting fit, as fit as a fiddle/flea, bursting with health, hale and hearty, hale, hearty, lusty, in fine fettle, in good health, in good shape, in trim, in good trim, aerobicized, able-bodied; British in rude health
    informal beefy, hunky
    North American informal buff
    US informal jacked
    dated stalwart
    literary thewy, stark
  • 1.2(Of a system, organization, etc.) able to withstand or overcome adverse conditions: the country’s political system has continued to be robust in spite of its economic problems
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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-corn fever and a robust economy had money pouring into the museum from longtime benefactors and new supporters alike.
  • 1.3Uncompromising and forceful: 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.
  • 2(Of wine or food) strong and rich in flavour or smell: a robust mixture of fish, onions, capers and tomatoes
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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.
    strong, full-bodied, flavourful, full-flavoured, flavoursome, full of flavour, rich
    rare sapid



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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.


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

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