Definition of robust in English:



  • 1Strong and healthy; vigorous.

    ‘the Caplan family are a robust lot’
    • ‘Mid-summer plantings of short-season tomato cultivars can provide vigorous, robust plants from which to harvest high-quality fruit.’
    • ‘Not only are the transgenic tomatoes richer in lycopene, they're also more robust and more solid compared to traditional tomatoes.’
    • ‘Emaciated as a result of losing about 60 pounds via a calorie-depleted diet, he barely looks like his usual robust self.’
    • ‘Losey's health, never robust, failed during the production of the film and he died in London on 22 June 1984.’
    • ‘One is a robust woman the artist has indicated is from the American Midwest and the other a diminutive man he has identified as a French legionnaire.’
    • ‘Further tests may reveal whether planting Neotyphodium-infected robust needlegrass along roadsides could discourage animals from grazing too close to roadways.’
    • ‘Though he looks fit and robust, he says the results of all the wining and dining that go with his job are beginning to take their toll.’
    • ‘She is a pleasantly robust woman of modest means, patriotic in convictions, guileless in manner.’
    • ‘The two robust and muscular nudes on this sheet have also been interpreted as Leonardo's response to Michelangelo's depictions of the male nude.’
    • ‘Her body, once the robust athletic image of health, now requires a machine to keep it alive.’
    • ‘He doesn't prune it regularly, but still he must do enough cutting to get a tractor under the robust limbs.’
    • ‘You could get the microbes from around a particularly robust tomato plant and spray that on next year's crop.’
    • ‘He starts out robust and powerful and full of vinegar, and becomes a man beaten down by tragedy.’
    • ‘He's a strapping, robust he-man living a life of seclusion with other retired adventurers in Kenya, who handily dispatches a group of assassins.’
    • ‘A robust grandfather, once the bane of Hollywood screenwriting, regales his frail, fidgety grandson with horrible tales of the macabre and the supernatural.’
    • ‘Some wheat farmers may be warming to the prospect of a new tool to help them grow more robust and profitable wheat, engineered to withstand herbicides.’
    • ‘Less rugged and robust than debonair and sophisticated, he attracted modern, independent women who appreciated his flair.’
    • ‘Happily most employees are sufficiently robust to withstand the stress of a heavy workload.’
    strong, vigorous, sturdy, tough, powerful, powerfully built, solidly built, as strong as a horse, as strong as a ox, muscular, sinewy, rugged, hardy, strapping, brawny, burly, husky
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    1. 1.1 (of an object) sturdy in construction.
      ‘a robust metal cabinet’
      • ‘Above ground, the treatment of robust metal castings, stainless-steel plate and floor finishes is more refined, to achieve a visible tactile quality in areas of immediate public contact.’
      • ‘Detailing is refined but never precious, allowing the house to feel at once substantial and robust, light and refined.’
      • ‘An expanded colour palette brings this robust design classic up to date.’
      • ‘To create an effective and healthy workplace, the administrative tower was designed as a robust loft.’
      • ‘He recommends new buildings should be more robust to deal with extreme weather events, such as hurricanes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gormley needed a functional, maintenance-free, robust building, with more space to work, and significantly, more space to think.’
      • ‘Buildings are unassuming and robust - mainly simple steel-framed sheds with brick external walls - but they originally incorporated state of the art techniques for film production.’
      • ‘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.’
      durable, resilient, tough, hard-wearing, long-lasting, well made
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    2. 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’
      • ‘The 30-year-old ‘photography as art’ market is robust, with record sales being recorded for the work of name photographers.’
      • ‘Their success is not representative, however, as silver constitutes only a tiny fraction of today's robust contemporary art market.’
      • ‘Explosive growth in Nevada is fueling one of the most robust economies in the nation.’
      • ‘We need to help businesses make themselves more robust for the future.’
      • ‘Dot-com fever and a robust economy had money pouring into the museum from longtime benefactors and new supporters alike.’
      • ‘Currently, the butter market is robust and some companies are adding more fat to their butter.’
      • ‘Speculative investors continue to eye the company's balance sheet which remains relatively robust.’
      • ‘This paradox was propelled and even aggravated by the ongoing tensions in China's foreign relations in the 1880s within a city whose economy was built on a robust international trade.’
      • ‘Perhaps the biggest challenge in developing a robust and growing forage-finished program is the assurance of an equally distributed, year-round supply of slaughter cattle.’
      • ‘The driving force behind a robust industry is a strong demand for innovative new products.’
      • ‘He adds that the move is justified by a ‘more receptive’ public looking for more upscale choices in today's robust economy.’
      • ‘Unsure of his choice at times, Vlad learns to live the imperfection of a robust capitalist society.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘We are committed to ensuring that a robust U.S. surveillance program continues in this country,’ said Veneman.’
      • ‘Fueled by a still reasonably robust economy, the trend in Williamsburg seems to have accelerated.’
      • ‘"You do not have a robust advertising economy now, " Diller said.’
    3. 1.3 Uncompromising and forceful.
      ‘he took quite a robust view of my case’
      • ‘We have had a very robust debate this afternoon, and I encourage that.’
      • ‘He claimed that they were not only able to be strong militarily, but they were able to be strong in robust debate.’
      • ‘He advocated theories existence that would be sufficiently robust to reveal the larger patterns of society and do justice to its intricacies and complexities.’
      • ‘There will be even less robust debate and argument, as everybody runs scared of being accused of bullying.’
  • 2(of wine or food) strong and rich in flavour or smell.

    ‘a robust mixture of fish, onions, capers and tomatoes’
    • ‘The specialty cheese segment has played well to consumer desires for foods with more robust and unique flavors.’
    • ‘Flavors need to be developed to give a fuller, more robust and complete profile to overcome the lack of sugar.’
    • ‘You're planning a dinner for eight important guests and want the perfect robust red to go with filet mignon.’
    • ‘Meeting the growing demand for robust cheeses relies on good milk, strong starters and quality flavors.’
    • ‘They are encouraged by activity in the American foodservice arena, where easy availability of previously little known cheeses is fueling demand for more robust flavors.’
    strong, full-bodied, flavourful, full-flavoured, flavoursome, full of flavour, rich
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Mid 16th century: from Latin robustus ‘firm and hard’, from robus, earlier form of robur ‘oak, strength’.