Definition of strenuous in English:



  • Requiring or using great exertion.

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