Definition of strenuous in English:



  • Requiring or using great effort or exertion.

    ‘the government made strenuous efforts to upgrade the quality of the teaching profession’
    • ‘The waters around Pitcairn are fierce and turbulent, with diving made strenuous by the strong currents.’
    • ‘He will make strenuous efforts to make sure that no criminal act on the inside, or the outside, can be traced back to him.’
    • ‘I would have been able to get rid of the cart, but it would have easily hung on until I made a strenuous effort to get rid of it.’
    • ‘To mitigate this perception, strenuous efforts are being made to engage local people.’
    • ‘The efforts were equally strenuous behind the scenes as officials tried to impress foreign investors.’
    • ‘The idea that you should hold your keen pupils back to make life less strenuous for a secondary school teacher is monstrous.’
    • ‘Some doctors have made strenuous efforts to address this notoriously difficult area with further training.’
    • ‘If the condition clears up quickly, ensure that the child avoids strenuous exertion for at least a week afterwards.’
    • ‘Older and wiser now, he is making strenuous efforts to get out his side of the story early and often.’
    • ‘The most strenuous thing I've done all day has been to mow the lawn.’
    • ‘Warming up before beginning strenuous exercise is a must for every athlete.’
    • ‘The Church has also made strenuous efforts to ensure young people can become more involved.’
    • ‘In spite of strenuous efforts, it is still perhaps China's most serious problem.’
    • ‘It is also making strenuous efforts to recruit new staff and train unqualified employees.’
    • ‘It's a fairly strenuous activity, but only needs doing twice a year.’
    • ‘His many handicaps have not deterred him from taking these strenuous trips.’
    • ‘There is no strenuous exercise involved and no special equipment is needed.’
    • ‘The walking was a little strenuous, but it was just too beautiful to miss.’
    • ‘We would use every ounce of effort we have to oppose it in the most strenuous manner.’
    • ‘Europe has made strenuous efforts to bring the Balkans into its economic and political orbit.’
    arduous, difficult, hard, tough, taxing, demanding, exacting, uphill, stiff, formidable, heavy, exhausting, tiring, fatiguing, gruelling, back-breaking, murderous, punishing
    vigorous, energetic, active, enthusiastic, keen, zealous, forceful, strong, herculean, spirited, dynamic, intense, determined, resolute, tenacious, tireless, stout, indefatigable, unremitting, dogged, pertinacious
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Early 17th century: from Latin strenuus ‘brisk’ + -ous.