Definition of strong in English:



  • 1Having the power to move heavy weights or perform other physically demanding tasks.

    ‘she cut through the water with her strong arms’
    • ‘In the end Lowery's experience and fitness proved too strong as he powered home to win 3-2.’
    • ‘Take exercise, keep physically active, and keep muscles as strong as possible.’
    • ‘Their halfbacks are not physically strong and could be vulnerable if sides run at them.’
    • ‘Get these out of the way while you're fresh and strong enough to use heavy weight.’
    • ‘He's physically strong, quick and can leap, and his distribution has been great.’
    • ‘The Italians have a huge pack and are physically very strong and hard-nosed.’
    • ‘Like Ring, he had all the skills, but he was physically strong as well and had a head for the game.’
    • ‘One of my special powers is my strong body, but I have to spend time on maintaining it.’
    • ‘On the other hand, a slow physically strong team will prefer the confined spaces of a short narrow pitch.’
    • ‘Always a fast walker, he had an animal energy, was physically strong and, although short, always filled a room.’
    • ‘The man facing them was taller than both by a few inches, and had strong, brawny arms.’
    • ‘Its war-like roots predispose it to militarism and the rule of the physically strong.’
    • ‘Whereas the traditional Jews of the diaspora were frail, the New Jews were to be physically strong.’
    • ‘The county champions are so strong physically and playing such a brand of team football it is hard to see them beaten.’
    • ‘Polar bears have a heavy stout body with strong muscular legs and well-developed neck muscles.’
    • ‘He was physically strong, worked hard at labouring jobs or driving, and played hard too.’
    • ‘Those who survived had to be strong, and both physically and mentally quick.’
    • ‘Neesha, who is 26, looks physically strong and fit, but that is not true of all the young mothers in this shelter.’
    • ‘Physically strong and mentally agile, he is very much active in the Home Guards.’
    • ‘It might be a bit chilly in Moscow, the Scandinavians are strong physically though.’
    powerful, muscular, brawny, well built, powerfully built, strapping, sturdy, hefty, burly, meaty, robust, fit, athletic, vigorous, tough, rugged
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    1. 1.1[attributive]Able to perform a specified action well and powerfully.
      ‘he was not a strong swimmer’
      • ‘Three hundred feet below, a red inflatable boat chugged out from the beach towards a strong swimmer.’
      • ‘Thibeh added that since Manji is such a strong speaker she was able to intimidate those who were asking her questions.’
      • ‘Although I'm a pretty strong swimmer it took all my strength to swim out.’
      • ‘He jumped out to swim 50 metres back, but never made it, although he was fit and a strong swimmer.’
      • ‘He longed for a strong dictator and the security of the old religion, without the injustices of the old order.’
      • ‘The spokesman explained that, if caught in a rip tide, strong swimmers should swim for shore at a 45 angle to the current.’
      • ‘A strong group of expert skiers can expect to climb and ski as many as four peaks in five days.’
      • ‘Moose are strong swimmers and can cruise at speeds of 6 mph for up to two hours.’
      • ‘Watson is a masterful player, a strong singer and an obvious devotee of the blues.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is the duty of those able to throw a lifeline, to do so, so that some strong swimmers will survive.’
      • ‘We must assemble a strong team of experts to analyse the relevant information.’
      • ‘He is a strong skater with tricky moves, and if you want to try to neutralize him you've got to take the body on him.’
      • ‘Thresher sharks can grow up to 20 ft and are strong swimmers who can completely vault out of water.’
      • ‘They were really driven along by the bass player and the drummer - both of whom were very strong and talented players.’
      • ‘He'd be well past the mouth of the Delaware by now, strong swimmer that he is.’
      • ‘A strong tackler with outstanding awareness, he is one of the Italian game's all-time greats.’
      • ‘He was said not to be a strong swimmer and his friends found him floating unconscious.’
      • ‘Although, the announcement of a strong, capable director should stop this from happening.’
      • ‘Sections of the river flow extremely quickly, a challenge even for a strong swimmer.’
      • ‘It's well handled here by a strong ensemble cast, excellently led by Jonathan Simmons as the ad-exec.’
      capable, able, proficient, adept, adroit, accomplished
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    2. 1.2Exerting great force.
      ‘a strong current’
      • ‘In Taiwan, the strong winds and heavy rain from the typhoon have killed at least two people.’
      • ‘They had a strong wind to their advantage and Kildare amassed a lot of confidence just before the break.’
      • ‘The trees that topple with heavy rain and strong winds are done in by the cemented pavements that choke their roots.’
      • ‘The home side won the toss and elected to use the strong wind to their advantage in the first half.’
      • ‘At this stage it looked good for the home team, as with a strong wind to their advantage they surely would win this game.’
      • ‘Although there was a very strong wind we managed a swim in the Atlantic.’
      • ‘She said there would be heavy rain and strong, cold winds all day and a spell of snow in the afternoon, particularly over high ground.’
      • ‘He slowly backed out of the stream before the rush became too strong to resist.’
      • ‘In spite of strong and heavy rain people went ahead with the annual Spring clean up.’
      • ‘The huge Oakwood tree's leaves rustle as a strong gust of wind blew.’
      • ‘In the second half, Burrin, with the strong wind advantage, took the game to Baltinglass.’
      • ‘Robertstown utilised the strong wind to their advantage in the first half.’
      • ‘We've got a pretty strong south wind.’
      • ‘Met Éireann issued a flood warning and advised of heavy rainfall and strong easterly winds.’
      • ‘On a day of strong winds and heavy rain, a more controlled game was required with continuity of possession being the key.’
      • ‘The conditions at Telford Park were far from ideal for rugby, with a heavy pitch and a strong, gusting wind.’
      • ‘Heavy rain and strong winds combined to cause chaos across the region last night with the East Coast the worst affected.’
      • ‘He's thinking of the fact that you have powers as strong, if not stronger, than his.’
      • ‘Firefighters fought the flames throughout the night despite the strong gusts and torrential rain.’
      • ‘Heavy rain, strong winds and lightening crashed through the town in selective patches.’
      forceful, powerful, vigorous, fierce, intense, extreme
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    3. 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’
      • ‘Of course it must be taken seriously but wherever I've been, security has been strong.’
      • ‘The power of television is strong, and more of our sport is being exposed to new audiences every day.’
      • ‘He said attitudinal change among the people is a strong weapon to defeat the cult of violence.’
      • ‘The military force of the state was too strong for a spontaneous movement.’
      • ‘I resisted the strong temptation to tell him to go jump off a cliff, and kept quiet.’
      • ‘In both groups, the strongest predictor of negative out-group attitudes was intergroup anxiety.’
      • ‘Fear is a powerful motivator, and it takes strong ethics to resist the temptation to abuse it.’
      • ‘FARMs status was the strongest predictor of math achievement, followed by reading skills.’
      • ‘A grueling off season workout regimen should keep the Saints strong down the stretch.’
      • ‘There is strong negative correlation between 0 and 0 and between 1 and 1.’
      • ‘Event organiser, Dean Carson, expects Murwillumbah to be strong contenders once again.’
      • ‘While players are with us, and representing the club, we have a very strong security.’
      • ‘"I lost to a very, very strong contender, " he said.’
      • ‘In that study, researchers also reported a stronger correlation for males than females.’
      • ‘I had to resist the strong urge to wave to the public and nod my head royally at them.’
      • ‘The Finn's strong performance has also moved him up to second overall in the driver's championship.’
      • ‘I resisted the strong urge to test his brow for evidence of a high fever.’
      • ‘What is a police state other than one in which police have strong powers not properly restrained by the courts?’
      • ‘He refused to play down Pakistan's chances and call India the stronger contenders.’
      • ‘A strong correlation was observed between age and the fluorescence pattern.’
    4. 1.4(of an argument or case) likely to succeed because of sound reasoning or convincing evidence.
      ‘there is a strong argument for decentralization’
      • ‘There is a strong case for Brown to sound warnings about the economy and the public finances next year.’
      • ‘His outspoken and confrontational views make a strong case for players to have agents.’
      • ‘Isn't there a strong case for saying that the Tories are just as likely to lose the election by keeping him?’
      • ‘The evidence suggests that a strong case can be made for a planned strategy using militia.’
      • ‘The noninterventionist argument for American entry into both world wars is strong.’
      • ‘But is the evidence strong enough to justify exotic new laws of nature?’
      • ‘Does that argument reveal a strong case for electoral reform in Canada?’
      • ‘I don't know, but unless we can do things with quantum computers, I think that sounds like a strong argument.’
      • ‘But neither proposition is looking particularly strong at the moment.’
      • ‘All in all, the Context report makes a strong case for closing down the FM transmissions.’
      • ‘It could, indeed, and Mr Arlidge builds up a very strong case based on circumstantial evidence.’
      • ‘If the case is as strong as it sounds, then it may settle on favorable terms to the white plaintiffs.’
      • ‘The argument against vivisection is strong and the evidence overwhelming.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the evidence from deep crustal wells argues a strong case.’
      • ‘League tables are not by any means perfect, and there is a strong case for presenting information in the right context.’
      • ‘Someone would have to have a rather strong argument to convince me now.’
      • ‘Legal experts say that while the plaintiffs' case is strong, it may still not succeed.’
      • ‘Certainly a strong argument that such effects are either subtle or rare can be made.’
      • ‘But the argument for freedom of speech remains as strong today as ever.’
      • ‘This sounds on the face of it a strong argument, but it is unlikely to carry any practical weight.’
      compelling, cogent, forceful, powerful, potent, weighty, convincing, plausible, effective, efficacious, sound, valid, well founded, telling
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    5. 1.5Powerfully affecting the mind, senses, or emotions.
      ‘his imagery made a strong impression on the critics’
      • ‘The end of the Cold War made this feeling even stronger.’
      • ‘Being asked for a favor conveys a feeling of power, also a strong behavioral reinforcer.’
      • ‘Two whose work had strong emotional appeal, were Paul Gowdie and Joanne Vriend.’
      • ‘There's no doubt that a team that is fit and mentally strong will have some advantage by the end of these two games.’
      • ‘Feel a strong connection to the earth through the balls of your feet and your finger tips.’
      • ‘Some strong emotion, some powerful thought was attacking my brain, but I could not fathom what it was.’
      • ‘His powerfully lyrical Symphony no. 6 conveys a strong sense of the Norwegian landscape.’
      • ‘Here is music that is fiercely modern yet filled with strong emotional resonance.’
      • ‘I tried to keep my tuning out powers strong enough to ignore the regular conversation.’
      • ‘These people have a very open heart, a very strong emotional way of feeling.’
      • ‘Such feelings seem particularly strong among the French.’
      • ‘A facility such as this is always going to arouse strong emotional feelings regarding its location.’
      • ‘The desire to kiss her was so strong I had to physically swallow, hard, to stop myself.’
      • ‘I wanted to be where I used to be and have that powerful, strong sense of direction.’
      • ‘The strong desire to move ahead can at times tempt businesses to cut corners or bend the rules.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And yet, both men were born in Quebec and have strong emotional ties to Montreal.’
      • ‘Her crunch has the ability to sense strong emotion and she could track me here.’
      • ‘She had felt such a strong connection to him that any other man after him hadn't been enough.’
      intense, forceful, vehement, passionate, ardent, fervent, profound, deep-seated
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    6. 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’
      • ‘When someone uses language that strong, you'd expect him to have facts to back up his words.’
      • ‘Apart from the sexually explicit scenes, the language is very strong.’
      • ‘The language is strong beyond maximum Trebor strength yet never jars; the performances even stronger.’
      • ‘Agnes comes across as a strong, forceful character whom we instantly like and admire.’
      • ‘But I do have an extremely strong opinion at what stage a pregnancy should be terminated.’
      • ‘Their language is so strong, we've got to redefine, we've gotta take back words.’
      firm, forceful, severe, strict, drastic, extreme, draconian
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  • 2Able to withstand force, pressure, or wear.

    ‘cotton is strong, hard-wearing, and easy to handle’
    • ‘So just what is it that makes these rally cars so strong, and so able to withstand every type of terrain imaginable?’
    • ‘Although they're very light, bones are strong enough to support our entire weight.’
    • ‘When dry, the box was strong enough to support heavy weights that were loaded vertically.’
    • ‘It is best to wear strong shoes and carry a warm jacket as the wind can be fresh at the top.’
    • ‘By 1216 the castle was sufficiently strong to withstand a siege by forces opposed to King John.’
    • ‘They also realized the product had to be strong enough to withstand a lot of abuse.’
    • ‘Are they strong enough to withstand an earthquake or a terrorist bomb?’
    • ‘One material that is both extremely strong and extremely dense is depleted uranium.’
    • ‘You are entitled to goods which are not faulty and are strong enough to withstand normal use for a reasonable period of time.’
    • ‘I used a strong epoxy glue to secure both the swivel and the brass rod in position.’
    • ‘Pakistani intelligence officials have described the bases as strong enough to withstand anything short of a nuclear bomb.’
    • ‘Their bones are very strong to withstand the underwater pressure.’
    • ‘Also make sure that your case, bag or whatever is strong and secure and lockable.’
    • ‘First, Bill found an old wooden ladderback chair that was well worn but still strong.’
    • ‘The rubber used is durable and strong so as it will not tear, expand or warp out of shape.’
    • ‘Basically any pumpkin that is strong enough to withstand sharp carving tools can be used for making designs.’
    durable, hard-wearing, heavy-duty, tough, sturdy, well made, substantial, solid, rugged
    secure, well built, indestructible, well fortified, well defended, well protected, impregnable, impenetrable, inviolable, unassailable
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    1. 2.1Not easily affected by disease or hardship.
      ‘despite his strong constitution, constant worry and exposure to the elements had worn him down’
      • ‘But they do not know if she is physically strong enough to survive surgery.’
      • ‘If you have a strong constitution, you can sample the two hilarious Intel ads here.’
      • ‘Hmm, you've got to have a pretty strong constitution to whack down two uncooked eggs as Mr Hogg suggests.’
      • ‘But this cannot last long, even with people who have a strong physical constitution.’
      • ‘His body, too strong to surrender easily or quickly, gave up the fight for life slowly and reluctantly.’
      • ‘You can get sucked into one very easily if your not strong enough to stand against the gravity.’
      • ‘It thickens the blood, enhances the constitution, and makes a man as strong as a tree trunk.’
      • ‘Mary easily forgot he was not as strong, but he would never admit to any weakness in front of her.’
      • ‘I had a good, strong and very robust constitution, perfectly able to take its nourishment from a vegetable source.’
      • ‘To explore the hole you needed a very long ladder and a strong constitution: it stank and was crawling with rats.’
      • ‘And, frankly that would have any man with a strong constitution running for The Other Bus.’
      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
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    2. 2.2Not easily disturbed, upset, or affected.
      ‘driving on these motorways requires strong nerves’
      ‘only a strong will enabled him to survive’
      • ‘The new Bollywood stars are role models for them, strong, independent and bold.’
      • ‘And unless it is comprised of people with very strong nerves, success is doubtful.’
      • ‘Despite being paralysed from the neck down after a car accident, Clive was a strong and independent character, she said.’
      • ‘In other words, a woman can't be trusted to be strong, independent or rational.’
      • ‘She was a strong, independent person, and she didn't need a boy to boost her confidence.’
      • ‘Her strong independent attitude comes through in her lyrics, as does her sense of humour.’
      • ‘We have to take advantage of our strong cultural economy and give it the support that it needs.’
      • ‘Don't click on this unless you have Broadband and strong nerves.’
      • ‘It was typical of him in his heyday, so mentally strong, and not a sign of nerves.’
      • ‘The nerves were so strong that she thought she might be sick at any moment.’
      • ‘Here was a man who appeared to be possessed of a strong determination and muscular power.’
      • ‘A man possessed of a strong independent spirit, he lived on his own in Derreens until his early nineties.’
      • ‘The two brothers are babes in arms at this time; they grow to be strong and independent.’
      • ‘They are strong and independent because they have to be, not because they want to be.’
      • ‘Indeed, those with strong nerves and plenty of money should consider buying.’
      • ‘So sitting on your hands, skipping 2003 and waiting for Longhorn could start to require strong nerves.’
      • ‘In deference to her strong views and independence, Ames was cremated and her ashes were scattered with a few cannabis seeds.’
      • ‘They can even be an opportunity for those with strong nerves.’
      • ‘Brienne and Lamoignon thought strong nerves would be enough to face out the clamour.’
      • ‘Letizia is reported to be a strong, independent, responsible professional woman.’
      forceful, determined, spirited, dynamic, self-assertive, tough, tenacious, high-powered, formidable, aggressive, redoubtable, zealous, firm, resolute, strong-minded
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    3. 2.3Firmly held or established.
      ‘he was a man of strong, though unconventional, religious beliefs’
      ‘they had established a strong and trusting relationship’
      • ‘They have strong beliefs, but strong beliefs firmly anchored in the real and the achievable.’
      • ‘Those polls found a strong link between religious observance and partisan behavior.’
      • ‘A report released today shows a strong link between brain inflammation and autism.’
      • ‘The power of faith is strong in Lourdes, and that should not be forgotten.’
      • ‘I look forward to establishing a strong working relationship with you and to continue representing your company.’
      • ‘Mr Brown has established strong relationships with development groups, who would welcome him as prime minister.’
      • ‘There is a strong relationship between the limits and the identity of any alliance.’
      • ‘That proved to be a costly failure and Murdoch has established a strong presence.’
      • ‘The Tudors established a strong monarchy in the sixteenth century.’
      • ‘This mission was successful and we can assume that two such similar clergymen established a strong and useful partnership.’
      • ‘Boy, that new era of strong relations with Russia sure lasted a long time, didn't it?’
      • ‘He has family and relatives in Teesside and is also believed to have strong links to West Yorkshire.’
      • ‘Again, trust is required but difficult to gain when these differences are so strong.’
      • ‘Jim had a special rapport with Irish people and his popularity has remained incredibly strong over the years.’
      • ‘Pockets of strong rural traditionalism and community life survived, not least because of the lack of modern services.’
      • ‘In Africa, it has taken longer to establish a strong, viable institution to promote unity.’
      • ‘In that moment, I felt such a strong connection with him that I knew there was no going back.’
      • ‘There is a strong correlation between the fold quality and the structure density.’
      • ‘This Institute has already established a strong track record in the research arena.’
      • ‘His family still have strong connections in Ryedale and visited relations in the area over Christmas.’
      keen, eager, deep, acute, dedicated, passionate, fervent, zealous
      keen, eager, enthusiastic, earnest, dedicated, staunch, loyal, steadfast, passionate, fierce, fervent
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    4. 2.4(of a market) having steadily high or rising prices.
      • ‘In Britain, the monthly index also remained strong, despite a marginal fall from November.’
      • ‘Not only does that tell us there is a high level of interest in our products, but it says the market is still strong.’
      • ‘This is provided those companies have a strong market position and clear competitive advantage.’
      • ‘Of course, if the recovery continues apace, a strong labor market could bump wages up.’
      • ‘If prices are rising and the volume and open interest are both up, the market is decidedly strong.’
      • ‘These results indicate a strong market reaction, especially in the postevent period.’
      • ‘Analysis of historical data shows that strong market runs are followed by periods where indexes mark time.’
      • ‘It is a national franchise with strong market shares in the fastest-growing areas in the United States.’
      • ‘Corporate profitability and the profit share in the economy remain relatively strong.’
      • ‘While demand is slowing down, he said, land is still selling because the new homes market remains strong.’
      • ‘It also claims that despite indications to the contrary, Gateway insisted that retail market was strong.’
      • ‘The world economy is incredibly strong at the moment and the UK is doing especially well.’
      • ‘However, there is still a good demand and the overseas market is as strong as ever.’
      • ‘The reason, apparently is that the market is not sufficiently strong to merit a launch right now.’
      • ‘The story continues to be the strong market share gains by the foreign nameplates.’
      • ‘It is prudent to be cautious, especially in a strong market where prices are high.’
      • ‘In a strong market it is easy to pick winners because almost every share will rise.’
      • ‘In theory, the vertically integrated MFI should be wiping the floor with its strong market position.’
      • ‘Suzuki's figures were helped by strong sales in overseas markets such as India and Indonesia.’
      • ‘Certainly a strong recovery and a rising stock market will increase tax revenues.’
  • 3Very intense.

    ‘a strong smell’
    • ‘Those living close to the river had to keep their windows closed day and night to avoid the strong smell from the water.’
    • ‘Throughout the dream, I am overwhelmed by a strong smell of dampness.’
    • ‘A police officer pulled him over and apparently noticed a strong smell of pot.’
    • ‘At 16, Martin was confronted by thousands and thousands of bugs on pins and a strong smell of camphor.’
    • ‘During the summer we couldn't even open our windows because the smell was so strong.’
    • ‘He was smoking and there was a strong smell of petrol on his clothing.’
    • ‘Instead, all they have to do is follow their nose - the sweet, strong smell pervades the entire gallery.’
    • ‘As the time tunnel propels you through to the Victorian era, a strong smell fills the corridor.’
    • ‘To eliminate the strong smell of durian, the peeled durian is placed in a plastic box.’
    • ‘The scent wasn't too intense yet strong enough to give my hair a nice refreshing and clean touch.’
    • ‘Although my husband bought strong security lights it still continued.’
    • ‘Bright lights, especially flashing lights, and strong smells, can also bring on an attack.’
    • ‘The young man is to the left of the shot, squinting in the strong sunlight, his long face caught against an azure sky.’
    • ‘For Democrats, stunned by the turnaround in fortune, there is now a strong smell of blood in the political waters.’
    • ‘The alarm was raised when a student at Thurrock and Basildon College in Nethermayne reported a strong smell of gas.’
    • ‘Sometimes we had to break down doors, and that was hard for my guys who are going from strong sunlight into interiors that could be hostile.’
    • ‘Do you know, sometimes the smell is so strong that it can even make you bleed through the nose.’
    • ‘Why does it smell so strong when I don't actually smoke that much in the flat?’
    • ‘Police and fire officers were called to the scene and cordoned off the area after residents complained about a strong smell of gas.’
    • ‘There was a strong smell of wet clothes drying on people's bodies, and steam was rising in the air.’
    intense, deep, rich, warm, bright, brilliant, vivid, striking, colourful, graphic
    bright, brilliant, intense, radiant, gleaming, dazzling, glaring
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    1. 3.1(of something seen or heard) not soft or muted; clear or prominent.
      ‘she should wear strong colours’
      • ‘It is raw, natural, with a distinct style, yet the underlying melody comes out strong and clear.’
      • ‘That work was different to my usual style, as I had to think about giving the clothes strong, clear lines.’
      • ‘Unfortunately his antlers and part of his back have been erased by dripping water but otherwise he is still strong and clear.’
      • ‘The rest of the film is in the strong visual language of cinema itself.’
      • ‘He still speaks in a clear, strong voice and has the same head of wavy hair, though.’
      • ‘Do you receive strong mental images or hear the answer to a question that you have inside your head before you have even voiced it?’
      • ‘To stand out in this jungle, the Arup building needed to have a strong, clear voice - and it does.’
      • ‘She heard Vasic's voice, soft yet strong enough to cut through the chatter.’
      • ‘She described the colour and action which are strong features of these traditions.’
      • ‘His face was broad and meaty, with a strong, prominent nose and full lips.’
      • ‘I would like to know how can you get such vibrant and strong colors in your photos.’
      • ‘This collection as usual, featured lots of strong colors and a variety of shapes.’
      • ‘Her voice was strong in my mind almost as if she were right there.’
      • ‘The female's voice is clear and strong, yet the ruling masters can hear her fear.’
      • ‘Although the visuals are extremely strong, they never overwhelm the actors.’
      • ‘The resulting images show both a strong vision and a clear understanding of the photographic medium.’
      • ‘She had a strong clear voice that you would think could only come from a woman twice her age.’
      • ‘The male with the wheat colored hair and strong hawk like feature came forward, behind Mint, surprising her.’
      • ‘Before he could look up, a strong, clear, voice shattered the silence of the room.’
      • ‘By now, Vasanti is animated; she is looking us straight in the eye, and her voice is strong and clear.’
      loud, powerful, forceful, lusty, stentorian, resonant, sonorous, orotund, full, rich, deep, booming, penetrating, carrying, clear
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    2. 3.2(of food or its flavour) distinctive and pungent.
      ‘strong cheese’
      • ‘Less subtle is the goat's cheese, which provides a strong taste on which to balance the creaminess of the mash.’
      • ‘The chicken tasted very fresh and the sauce was delicious with a strong mustard flavour.’
      • ‘I accept that there are strong flavours and challenging textures here which may not be everyone's idea of good eating.’
      • ‘Children would have hated the sausages because they actually boasted a strong flavour, but they proved a treat for adults.’
      • ‘The garlic wasn't strong enough to mask a slightly fishy flavour, but that didn't detract.’
      • ‘It complements fine cigars, spicy food and smoked or strong cheeses, and it slips down well on its own.’
      • ‘It is a fact known worldwide that I detest Brussel sprouts as strongly as their strong flavour.’
      • ‘It had a dark orange sauce with a strong coconut flavour that was really quite enticing.’
      • ‘The latter derives its names from its strong garlic flavour, which makes it a good accompaniment to meat and fish.’
      • ‘It has a strong earthy taste, which can work well with other strong flavours such as pigeon.’
      • ‘The strong flavour and softness of the prawns have made the special cuisine a gourmet's delight.’
      • ‘I had expected just the tiniest sprinkling, but so much strong cheese swamped all the other flavours.’
      • ‘Garlic, onion and strong spices were strictly forbidden in case they contaminated the leaves.’
      • ‘In this recipe we marry the strong flavours of olive oil and fresh rosemary with the succulence of the potato.’
      • ‘Mullet has a strong flavour and firm flesh, so it stays intact when tossed together with the olives, tomatoes and spaghetti.’
      • ‘The lamb chops were another highlight, with a strong taste accented by the flavour of oregano.’
      • ‘Here is a gutsy selection that will stand up well with most of those strong flavours.’
      • ‘It proved fresh and filling with a strong tomato flavour and far too much pasta for a mere mortal to consume in one session.’
      • ‘On their own they are fairly bland but meaty, so they work well with strong flavours.’
      • ‘He sipped a little carefully from the spoon and found it had a strong flavour.’
      highly flavoured, strongly flavoured, flavourful, flavoursome, savoury, pungent, aromatic, piquant, tangy, sharp, biting, zesty, spicy, hot
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    3. 3.3(of a solution or drink) containing a large proportion of a particular substance; concentrated.
      ‘a cup of strong coffee’
      ‘strong lager’
      • ‘And according to dieticians, drinking a can of Red Bull is about as dangerous as drinking a strong cup of coffee.’
      • ‘In a statement Mrs Smith said her husband had drunk several pints of strong lager before leaving the pub at 2am.’
      • ‘For drinking, he suggests water, coffee, tea, light white wines, and even strong liquor occasionally.’
      • ‘The jury heard how Hart had drunk strong coffee repeatedly as he drove, had the driver's window wound fully down and the car radio on.’
      • ‘The experimental drug, called caffeinol, is as potent as two cups of strong coffee and a shot of alcohol.’
      • ‘Also on display was his lager and strong ale, so we gave it a quality control test, to make sure that they still tasted good.’
      • ‘Britain's first vintage beer festival proved that strong ale can be left to mature like wine.’
      • ‘I was drinking about 12 cans of strong beer daily, to hide the feelings about losing my mum.’
      • ‘To drink strong liquor is also useful since nights get rather cold on the grasslands.’
      • ‘My favorite drinks are Malibu pineapple and Amaretto sours - I can't drink strong drinks.’
      • ‘The moms sit in the kitchen drinking strong coffee and sharing pie and good conversation while the kids all run amok.’
      • ‘Whilst there he had drunk a couple of strong drinks, but intended to stay the night.’
      • ‘Another suggestion is to spray strong coffee on areas such as lawns and roses.’
      • ‘Smoking and drinking strong alcohol also lead to deep respiration.’
      • ‘Marion's mate likes strong tea so she asked for an extra tea bag and offered to pay.’
      • ‘We ate squab and currents and drank good strong ale, and I laughed at the weight of it in my head.’
      • ‘He asked me what I meant and I said that the drug he put in my drink wasn't strong enough for him to get me into bed.’
      • ‘How we came to be was a complicated story, one not to be told unless under the influence of a few strong drinks.’
      • ‘Unfortunately both strong drinks brought the worst out of the taste testers.’
      • ‘She liked it because it didn't have a strong coffee taste like the other drinks.’
      alcoholic, intoxicating, inebriating, hard, heady, potent, stiff, spirituous, vinous, intoxicant
      concentrated, undiluted, highly flavoured
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    4. 3.4Chemistry (of an acid or base) fully ionized into cations and anions in solution; having (respectively) a very low or a very high pH.
      • ‘They require either a strong oxidizing agent to react with an acid or they undergo no reaction at all.’
      • ‘This process is complicated by the fact that nitric acid acts as a strong oxidizing agent as well as an acid.’
      • ‘Addition of a strong base to a solution of a strong acid is just the reverse process.’
      • ‘Ozone is a strong electrophilic reagent which can attack the double bond found in alkenes.’
      • ‘The lining of the stomach is designed to handle the strong acids that break down food.’
  • 4Used after a number to indicate the size of a group.

    ‘a hostile crowd several thousands strong’
  • 5Grammar
    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).

    • ‘It is very concrete, and consists of strong nouns and a strong verb, with no modifiers.’
  • 6Physics
    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.

    • ‘The very short range of the strong and weak interactions are reflections of the very high mass of their carrier particles.’
    • ‘His special theory of relativity does not work around strong gravitational fields.’
    • ‘Protons and neutrons are held together in a nucleus of an atom by the strong force.’
    • ‘In a strong electric field, free electrons can be accelerated onto its inner surface.’
    • ‘The MRI scanner uses a strong magnetic field to align hydrogen atoms in the body.’


  • come on strong

    • 1informal Behave aggressively or assertively, especially in making sexual advances to someone.

      ‘she came on so strong that she frightened him off’
      • ‘So she drives me to the beach, two minutes from where I'm staying, and starts coming on strong.’
      • ‘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.’
    • 2informal Improve one's position considerably.

      ‘he came on strong towards the end of the round’
      • ‘The state's wildfire season is coming on strong and it is coming early and that is true throughout much of the west.’
      • ‘‘He is coming on strong and improves season on season,’ the Celtic manager said of the Bulgarian midfielder.’
      • ‘It was so much fun being the number two horse and everybody knows we're coming on strong.’
      • ‘And Gephardt has come on strong in Iowa, where he is leading Dean in the polls, demonstrating he's no has-been - at least not yet.’
      • ‘Price came on strong toward the end of last season.’
      • ‘Carl who retired a short time ago is coming on strong and should be in the winners position shortly.’
      • ‘Listenership does appear to have come on strong.’
      • ‘Some of the early season front-runners are starting to look a bit ragged about the edges and the Warriors are coming on strong.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We didn't play that well in the first half and knew they would come on strong in the second half and defended well.’
  • going strong

    • informal Continuing to be healthy, vigorous, or successful.

      ‘the programme is still going strong after twelve series’
      • ‘Still going strong in their 53rd year, the Uffa Fox designed Flying Fifteens can really pull in the punters.’
      • ‘My boyfriend and I have been together for five years and still seem to be going strong.’
      • ‘Somehow, the spirit of optimism was still intact and going strong.’
      • ‘After all this time the Country Music legend is still going strong, sense of humour and down-to-earth attitude intact.’
      • ‘The radio station turned out to be very successful and is still going strong.’
      • ‘To be perfectly honest, I did not think at the time that I would still be going strong today.’
      • ‘It proved to be so successful that they are still going strong.’
      • ‘In fact, it's been snowing for at least 4 hours now and is still going strong.’
      • ‘The Champions are still going strong after all these years, and continue to be a very entertaining outfit.’
      • ‘Spirit photography may have faded away, but spiritualism itself is going strong.’
  • strong on

    • 1Good at.

      ‘he is strong on comedy’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lord of the Rings and Moulin Rouge are both strong on spectacle, and as such they're very unusual ‘Best Picture’ candidates.’
      • ‘The Dublin firm has a strong track record in urban regeneration and is also strong on high-density residential developments.’
      • ‘It's just as well Mina is strong on comic detail.’
      1. 1.1Possessing large quantities of.
        ‘our pizza wasn't strong on pine nuts’
        • ‘My mother did not want me to become strong on books.’
        • ‘We're strong on engineering materials and polymers as well as nanotechnology.’
        • ‘The first real surprise, though, is the sheer scale of the menu, which is exceptionally strong on seafood.’
        • ‘‘New Labour is very strong on explaining politics to people,’ he said.’
        • ‘It also has a judicial system strong on execution and mutilation, just like the Romans.’
        • ‘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

    • Ideas or language likely to be found unacceptably forceful or extreme.

      ‘this is pretty strong meat for this hour of the morning’
      • ‘Here was strong meat - tasteless and confronting!’
      • ‘Vermeer, despite all his appearance of remoteness and calm, is strong meat.’
      • ‘For lovers of language, he's strong meat and drink, and if you like Eddison, generally you're fanatical about him.’
  • one's strong point

    • Something at which one excels.

      ‘arithmetic had never been my strong point’
      • ‘However, reliability is nor your strong point.’
      • ‘A sense of direction has never been my strong point.’
      • ‘Then again, hypocrisy seems to be their strong point.’
      • ‘I didn't bowl too badly but that's never been my strong point.’
      • ‘Sociology and statistics don't seem to be your strong point, Mr Newton.’
      • ‘Consistency however hasn't been their strong point and anything less than their best may not be enough this time round.’
      • ‘But you're go-getting ways prevail, and you take charge of what's important because prioritizing is your strong point.’
      • ‘Modern dance is not their strong point, though, as their movements were a bit out-of-date.’
      • ‘But having already proven that this is not my strong point, I was soon relieved of my hammering duties once again.’
      • ‘‘Our pitching and defence were our strong point,’ offered Bishop.’
      strength, strong suit, long suit, forte, aptitude, bent, speciality, specialty, métier, claim to fame, skill
      thing, bag, line, cup of tea
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Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German streng, also to string.