Definition of strong in English:

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Pronunciation: /strɒŋ
 
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adjective (stronger /ˈstrɒŋgə/, strongest /ˈstrɒŋgɪst/)

  • 1Having the power to move heavy weights or perform other physically demanding tasks: she cut through the water with her strong arms
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    • Polar bears have a heavy stout body with strong muscular legs and well-developed neck muscles.
    • Get these out of the way while you're fresh and strong enough to use heavy weight.
    • The man facing them was taller than both by a few inches, and had strong, brawny arms.
    Synonyms
    powerful, muscular, brawny, well built, powerfully built, strapping, sturdy, hefty, burly, meaty, robust, fit, athletic, vigorous, tough, rugged; stalwart, staunch, mighty, hardy; lusty, Herculean, strong as an ox/horse/lion
    informal beefy, hunky, husky, ripped, shredded
    North American informal buff
    US informal jacked
  • 1.1 [attributive] Able to perform a specified action well and powerfully: he was not a strong swimmer
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    • Thresher sharks can grow up to 20 ft and are strong swimmers who can completely vault out of water.
    • The spokesman explained that, if caught in a rip tide, strong swimmers should swim for shore at a 45 angle to the current.
    • Myra's grief was tinged with guilt that she, the strong swimmer who could have saved him, should have been there with him that day.
  • 1.2Exerting great force: a strong current
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    • He slowly backed out of the stream before the rush became too strong to resist.
    • We've got a pretty strong south wind.
    • Although there was a very strong wind we managed a swim in the Atlantic.
    Synonyms
    forceful, powerful, vigorous, fierce, intense, extreme
  • 1.3Powerful and difficult to resist or defeat: a strong leader the competition was too strong the company was in a strong position to negotiate a deal
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    • Fear is a powerful motivator, and it takes strong ethics to resist the temptation to abuse it.
    • He said attitudinal change among the people is a strong weapon to defeat the cult of violence.
    • I resisted the strong temptation to tell him to go jump off a cliff, and kept quiet.
  • 1.4(Of an argument or case) likely to succeed because of sound reasoning or convincing evidence: there is a strong argument for decentralization
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    • Does that argument reveal a strong case for electoral reform in Canada?
    • The evidence suggests that a strong case can be made for a planned strategy using militia.
    • If the case is as strong as it sounds, then it may settle on favorable terms to the white plaintiffs.
    Synonyms
    compelling, cogent, forceful, powerful, potent, weighty, convincing, plausible, effective, efficacious, sound, valid, well founded, telling; impressive, persuasive, influential, authoritative
  • 1.5Powerfully affecting the mind, senses, or emotions: his imagery made a strong impression on the critics
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    • Her crunch has the ability to sense strong emotion and she could track me here.
    • In the minds of Chinese, this history inspires a strong sense of indignation.
    • Her strong sense of duty called to mind her grandfather George V and Queen Victoria.
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  • 1.6(Of language or actions) forceful and extreme, especially excessively or unacceptably so: the government were urged to take strong measures against the perpetrators of violence a play full of strong language
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    • Apart from the sexually explicit scenes, the language is very strong.
    • Their language is so strong, we've got to redefine, we've gotta take back words.
    • The language is strong beyond maximum Trebor strength yet never jars; the performances even stronger.
    Synonyms
    firm, forceful, severe, strict, drastic, extreme, draconian
  • 2Able to withstand force, pressure, or wear: cotton is strong, hard-wearing, and easy to handle
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    • By 1216 the castle was sufficiently strong to withstand a siege by forces opposed to King John.
    • Basically any pumpkin that is strong enough to withstand sharp carving tools can be used for making designs.
    • You are entitled to goods which are not faulty and are strong enough to withstand normal use for a reasonable period of time.
    Synonyms
    secure, well built, indestructible, well fortified, well defended, well protected, impregnable, impenetrable, inviolable, unassailable; soliddurable, hard-wearing, heavy-duty, tough, sturdy, well made, substantial, solid, rugged; resistant, resilient, imperishable, indestructible, long-lasting, enduring
  • 2.1Not easily affected by disease or hardship: despite his strong constitution, constant worry and exposure to the elements had worn him down
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    • Hmm, you've got to have a pretty strong constitution to whack down two uncooked eggs as Mr Hogg suggests.
    • And, frankly that would have any man with a strong constitution running for The Other Bus.
    • To explore the hole you needed a very long ladder and a strong constitution: it stank and was crawling with rats.
    Synonyms
    well, healthy, in good health, fit, fighting fit, robust, vigorous, blooming, thriving, bursting with health, in rude health, hale, hale and hearty, hearty, in good shape, in excellent shape, in good condition, in good trim, in fine fettle, sound, sound in body and limb
    informal in the pink, fit as a fiddle, in tip-top condition
  • 2.2Not easily disturbed, upset, or affected: driving on these motorways requires strong nerves only a strong will enabled him to survive
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    • Despite being paralysed from the neck down after a car accident, Clive was a strong and independent character, she said.
    • A man possessed of a strong independent spirit, he lived on his own in Derreens until his early nineties.
    • The new Bollywood stars are role models for them, strong, independent and bold.
    Synonyms
    forceful, determined, spirited, dynamic, self-assertive, tough, tenacious, high-powered, formidable, aggressive, redoubtable, zealous, firm, resolute, strong-minded
    informal gutsy, feisty
  • 2.3Firmly held or established: he was a man of strong, though unconventional, religious beliefs they had established a strong and trusting relationship
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    • I look forward to establishing a strong working relationship with you and to continue representing your company.
    • They have strong beliefs, but strong beliefs firmly anchored in the real and the achievable.
    • This Institute has already established a strong track record in the research arena.
    Synonyms
    keen, eager, deep, acute, dedicated, passionate, fervent, zealouskeen, eager, enthusiastic, earnest, dedicated, staunch, loyal, steadfast, passionate, fierce, fervent
  • 2.4(Of a market) having steadily high or rising prices.
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    • It is prudent to be cautious, especially in a strong market where prices are high.
    • Analysis of historical data shows that strong market runs are followed by periods where indexes mark time.
    • Certainly a strong recovery and a rising stock market will increase tax revenues.
  • 4Used after a number to indicate the size of a group: a hostile crowd several thousands strong
  • 5 Grammar Denoting a class of verbs in Germanic languages that form the past tense and past participle by a change of vowel within the stem rather than by addition of a suffix (e.g. swim, swam, swum).
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    • It is very concrete, and consists of strong nouns and a strong verb, with no modifiers.
  • 6 Physics Relating to or denoting the strongest of the known kinds of force between particles, which acts between nucleons and other hadrons when closer than about 10−13 cm (so binding protons in a nucleus despite the repulsion due to their charge), and which conserves strangeness, parity, and isospin.
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    • Protons and neutrons are held together in a nucleus of an atom by the strong force.
    • His special theory of relativity does not work around strong gravitational fields.
    • In a strong electric field, free electrons can be accelerated onto its inner surface.

Phrases

come on strong

informal
  • 1Behave aggressively or assertively, especially in making sexual advances to someone: she came on so strong that she frightened him off
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    • No matter - a guy too gentle at heart to convincingly come on strong is welcome in this era of musical command sexuality, and he's certainly no prude.
    • So she drives me to the beach, two minutes from where I'm staying, and starts coming on strong.
  • 2Improve one’s position considerably: he came on strong towards the end of the round
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    • ‘He is coming on strong and improves season on season,’ the Celtic manager said of the Bulgarian midfielder.
    • SuperTarget is coming on strong, considering its two stores hold 1.6 percent of the market, adding a 0.75 percentage point over the year.
    • Price came on strong toward the end of last season.

going strong

informal Continuing to be healthy, vigorous, or successful: the programme is still going strong after twelve series
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  • The radio station turned out to be very successful and is still going strong.
  • Spirit photography may have faded away, but spiritualism itself is going strong.
  • The Champions are still going strong after all these years, and continue to be a very entertaining outfit.

strong on

Good at: he is strong on comedy
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  • Lord of the Rings and Moulin Rouge are both strong on spectacle, and as such they're very unusual ‘Best Picture’ candidates.
  • But when a comic book is strong on content, this becomes less important.
  • It's strong on atmosphere, with its blue-grey waterscapes and grimy clinches in cramped cabins, and best of all, it doesn't try to do too much.
Possessing large quantities of: our pizza wasn’t strong on pine nuts
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  • ‘New Labour is very strong on explaining politics to people,’ he said.
  • The first real surprise, though, is the sheer scale of the menu, which is exceptionally strong on seafood.
  • Daily Ireland is cleanly executed, very strong on sport - there is even a page on disabled sport - and has a useful business page.

strong meat

British Ideas or language likely to be found unacceptably forceful or extreme: this is pretty strong meat for this hour of the morning
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  • For lovers of language, he's strong meat and drink, and if you like Eddison, generally you're fanatical about him.
  • Here was strong meat - tasteless and confronting!
  • Vermeer, despite all his appearance of remoteness and calm, is strong meat.

one's strong point

Something at which one excels: arithmetic had never been my strong point
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  • However, reliability is nor your strong point.
  • But you're go-getting ways prevail, and you take charge of what's important because prioritizing is your strong point.
  • Sociology and statistics don't seem to be your strong point, Mr Newton.
Synonyms
strength, strong suit, long suit, forte, aptitude, bent, speciality, specialty, métier, claim to fame, skill
informal thing, bag, line, cup of tea

Derivatives

strongish

adjective
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  • My ideal political scenario would be Labour c.2002 and a strongish Alliance Party.
  • So far back was the tee on a day when the hole was played into a strongish breeze, that many of the field were unable even to reach the fairway.
  • On the other hand, Damase's Quatre Facettes on the final track are generally of a strongish character.

strongly

adverb
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  • We would strongly advise that vehicles are not left unattended with the engine running.
  • War and media are linked so strongly that their synergy is something to behold.
  • They use their cars to save time and strongly dislike other forms of transport.

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German streng, also to string.

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