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Requiring or using great exertion.‘all your muscles need more oxygen during strenuous exercise’
vigorous, energetic, active, enthusiastic, keen, zealous, forceful, strong, herculean, spirited, dynamic, intense, determined, resolute, tenacious, tireless, stout, indefatigable, unremitting, dogged, pertinaciousarduous, difficult, hard, tough, taxing, demanding, exacting, uphill, stiff, formidable, heavy, exhausting, tiring, fatiguing, gruelling, back-breaking, murderous, punishingView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Early 17th century: from Latin strenuus brisk + -ous.
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