Definition of strong in US English:

strong

adjective

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

    ‘she cut through the water with her strong arms’
    • ‘The Italians have a huge pack and are physically very strong and hard-nosed.’
    • ‘In the end Lowery's experience and fitness proved too strong as he powered home to win 3-2.’
    • ‘Like Ring, he had all the skills, but he was physically strong as well and had a head for the game.’
    • ‘It might be a bit chilly in Moscow, the Scandinavians are strong physically though.’
    • ‘One of my special powers is my strong body, but I have to spend time on maintaining it.’
    • ‘Whereas the traditional Jews of the diaspora were frail, the New Jews were to be physically strong.’
    • ‘Take exercise, keep physically active, and keep muscles as strong as possible.’
    • ‘Neesha, who is 26, looks physically strong and fit, but that is not true of all the young mothers in this shelter.’
    • ‘He's physically strong, quick and can leap, and his distribution has been great.’
    • ‘The man facing them was taller than both by a few inches, and had strong, brawny arms.’
    • ‘Their halfbacks are not physically strong and could be vulnerable if sides run at them.’
    • ‘The county champions are so strong physically and playing such a brand of team football it is hard to see them beaten.’
    • ‘On the other hand, a slow physically strong team will prefer the confined spaces of a short narrow pitch.’
    • ‘Physically strong and mentally agile, he is very much active in the Home Guards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Get these out of the way while you're fresh and strong enough to use heavy weight.’
    • ‘Its war-like roots predispose it to militarism and the rule of the physically strong.’
    • ‘Polar bears have a heavy stout body with strong muscular legs and well-developed neck muscles.’
    • ‘Always a fast walker, he had an animal energy, was physically strong and, although short, always filled a room.’
    powerful, muscular, brawny, well built, powerfully built, strapping, sturdy, hefty, burly, meaty, robust, fit, athletic, vigorous, tough, rugged
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    1. 1.1attributive Able to perform a specified action well and powerfully.
      ‘he was not a strong swimmer’
      • ‘He'd be well past the mouth of the Delaware by now, strong swimmer that he is.’
      • ‘Thresher sharks can grow up to 20 ft and are strong swimmers who can completely vault out of water.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Three hundred feet below, a red inflatable boat chugged out from the beach towards a strong swimmer.’
      • ‘A strong group of expert skiers can expect to climb and ski as many as four peaks in five days.’
      • ‘Thibeh added that since Manji is such a strong speaker she was able to intimidate those who were asking her questions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He longed for a strong dictator and the security of the old religion, without the injustices of the old order.’
      • ‘It is the duty of those able to throw a lifeline, to do so, so that some strong swimmers will survive.’
      • ‘A strong tackler with outstanding awareness, he is one of the Italian game's all-time greats.’
      • ‘The spokesman explained that, if caught in a rip tide, strong swimmers should swim for shore at a 45 angle to the current.’
      • ‘It's well handled here by a strong ensemble cast, excellently led by Jonathan Simmons as the ad-exec.’
      • ‘Although, the announcement of a strong, capable director should stop this from happening.’
      • ‘He jumped out to swim 50 metres back, but never made it, although he was fit and a strong swimmer.’
      • ‘Although I'm a pretty strong swimmer it took all my strength to swim out.’
      • ‘Sections of the river flow extremely quickly, a challenge even for a strong swimmer.’
      • ‘They were really driven along by the bass player and the drummer - both of whom were very strong and talented players.’
      • ‘Moose are strong swimmers and can cruise at speeds of 6 mph for up to two hours.’
      • ‘He was said not to be a strong swimmer and his friends found him floating unconscious.’
      capable, able, proficient, adept, adroit, accomplished
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    2. 1.2 Exerting great force.
      ‘a strong current’
      • ‘He slowly backed out of the stream before the rush became too strong to resist.’
      • ‘The huge Oakwood tree's leaves rustle as a strong gust of wind blew.’
      • ‘The trees that topple with heavy rain and strong winds are done in by the cemented pavements that choke their roots.’
      • ‘In the second half, Burrin, with the strong wind advantage, took the game to Baltinglass.’
      • ‘Although there was a very strong wind we managed a swim in the Atlantic.’
      • ‘Firefighters fought the flames throughout the night despite the strong gusts and torrential rain.’
      • ‘He's thinking of the fact that you have powers as strong, if not stronger, than his.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They had a strong wind to their advantage and Kildare amassed a lot of confidence just before the break.’
      • ‘Met Éireann issued a flood warning and advised of heavy rainfall and strong easterly winds.’
      • ‘In Taiwan, the strong winds and heavy rain from the typhoon have killed at least two people.’
      • ‘Heavy rain, strong winds and lightening crashed through the town in selective patches.’
      • ‘On a day of strong winds and heavy rain, a more controlled game was required with continuity of possession being the key.’
      • ‘At this stage it looked good for the home team, as with a strong wind to their advantage they surely would win this game.’
      • ‘We've got a pretty strong south wind.’
      • ‘Heavy rain and strong winds combined to cause chaos across the region last night with the East Coast the worst affected.’
      • ‘Robertstown utilised the strong wind to their advantage in the first half.’
      • ‘The conditions at Telford Park were far from ideal for rugby, with a heavy pitch and a strong, gusting wind.’
      • ‘In spite of strong and heavy rain people went ahead with the annual Spring clean up.’
      • ‘The home side won the toss and elected to use the strong wind to their advantage in the first half.’
      forceful, powerful, vigorous, fierce, intense, extreme
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    3. 1.3 Possessing skills and qualities that create a likelihood of success.
      ‘the competition was too strong’
      • ‘There is strong negative correlation between 0 and 0 and between 1 and 1.’
      • ‘"I lost to a very, very strong contender, " he said.’
      • ‘I resisted the strong urge to test his brow for evidence of a high fever.’
      • ‘Event organiser, Dean Carson, expects Murwillumbah to be strong contenders once again.’
      • ‘He refused to play down Pakistan's chances and call India the stronger contenders.’
      • ‘I resisted the strong temptation to tell him to go jump off a cliff, and kept quiet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A strong correlation was observed between age and the fluorescence pattern.’
      • ‘While players are with us, and representing the club, we have a very strong security.’
      • ‘The power of television is strong, and more of our sport is being exposed to new audiences every day.’
      • ‘The Finn's strong performance has also moved him up to second overall in the driver's championship.’
      • ‘FARMs status was the strongest predictor of math achievement, followed by reading skills.’
      • ‘Of course it must be taken seriously but wherever I've been, security has been strong.’
      • ‘I had to resist the strong urge to wave to the public and nod my head royally at them.’
      • ‘In that study, researchers also reported a stronger correlation for males than females.’
      • ‘Fear is a powerful motivator, and it takes strong ethics to resist the temptation to abuse it.’
      • ‘In both groups, the strongest predictor of negative out-group attitudes was intergroup anxiety.’
      • ‘A grueling off season workout regimen should keep the Saints strong down the stretch.’
      • ‘What is a police state other than one in which police have strong powers not properly restrained by the courts?’
    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’
      • ‘The noninterventionist argument for American entry into both world wars is strong.’
      • ‘But neither proposition is looking particularly strong at the moment.’
      • ‘His outspoken and confrontational views make a strong case for players to have agents.’
      • ‘But is the evidence strong enough to justify exotic new laws of nature?’
      • ‘The argument against vivisection is strong and the evidence overwhelming.’
      • ‘Legal experts say that while the plaintiffs' case is strong, it may still not succeed.’
      • ‘Does that argument reveal a strong case for electoral reform in Canada?’
      • ‘The evidence suggests that a strong case can be made for a planned strategy using militia.’
      • ‘It could, indeed, and Mr Arlidge builds up a very strong case based on circumstantial evidence.’
      • ‘Someone would have to have a rather strong argument to convince me now.’
      • ‘But the argument for freedom of speech remains as strong today as ever.’
      • ‘All in all, the Context report makes a strong case for closing down the FM transmissions.’
      • ‘Certainly a strong argument that such effects are either subtle or rare can be made.’
      • ‘If the case is as strong as it sounds, then it may settle on favorable terms to the white plaintiffs.’
      • ‘League tables are not by any means perfect, and there is a strong case for presenting information in the right context.’
      • ‘Isn't there a strong case for saying that the Tories are just as likely to lose the election by keeping him?’
      • ‘There is a strong case for Brown to sound warnings about the economy and the public finances next year.’
      • ‘I don't know, but unless we can do things with quantum computers, I think that sounds like a strong argument.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the evidence from deep crustal wells argues a strong case.’
      • ‘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. 1.5 Powerfully affecting the mind, senses, or emotions.
      ‘his imagery made a strong impression on the critics’
      • ‘In the minds of Chinese, this history inspires a strong sense of indignation.’
      • ‘His powerfully lyrical Symphony no. 6 conveys a strong sense of the Norwegian landscape.’
      • ‘Some strong emotion, some powerful thought was attacking my brain, but I could not fathom what it was.’
      • ‘Such feelings seem particularly strong among the French.’
      • ‘The desire to kiss her was so strong I had to physically swallow, hard, to stop myself.’
      • ‘Feel a strong connection to the earth through the balls of your feet and your finger tips.’
      • ‘Her strong sense of duty called to mind her grandfather George V and Queen Victoria.’
      • ‘There's no doubt that a team that is fit and mentally strong will have some advantage by the end of these two games.’
      • ‘She had felt such a strong connection to him that any other man after him hadn't been enough.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Here is music that is fiercely modern yet filled with strong emotional resonance.’
      • ‘And yet, both men were born in Quebec and have strong emotional ties to Montreal.’
      • ‘These people have a very open heart, a very strong emotional way of feeling.’
      • ‘The strong desire to move ahead can at times tempt businesses to cut corners or bend the rules.’
      • ‘I wanted to be where I used to be and have that powerful, strong sense of direction.’
      • ‘Two whose work had strong emotional appeal, were Paul Gowdie and Joanne Vriend.’
      • ‘Her crunch has the ability to sense strong emotion and she could track me here.’
      • ‘A facility such as this is always going to arouse strong emotional feelings regarding its location.’
      • ‘I tried to keep my tuning out powers strong enough to ignore the regular conversation.’
      intense, forceful, vehement, passionate, ardent, fervent, fervid, profound, deep-seated
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    6. 1.6 (of language or actions) forceful and extreme, especially excessively or unacceptably so.
      ‘the government was urged to take strong measures against the perpetrators of violence’
      • ‘Their language is so strong, we've got to redefine, we've gotta take back words.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      firm, forceful, severe, strict, drastic, extreme, draconian
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  • 2Able to withstand great force or pressure.

    ‘cotton is strong, hard-wearing, and easy to handle’
    • ‘The rubber used is durable and strong so as it will not tear, expand or warp out of shape.’
    • ‘Their bones are very strong to withstand the underwater pressure.’
    • ‘Are they strong enough to withstand an earthquake or a terrorist bomb?’
    • ‘By 1216 the castle was sufficiently strong to withstand a siege by forces opposed to King John.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pakistani intelligence officials have described the bases as strong enough to withstand anything short of a nuclear bomb.’
    • ‘Basically any pumpkin that is strong enough to withstand sharp carving tools can be used for making designs.’
    • ‘First, Bill found an old wooden ladderback chair that was well worn but still strong.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although they're very light, bones are strong enough to support our entire weight.’
    • ‘They also realized the product had to be strong enough to withstand a lot of abuse.’
    • ‘So just what is it that makes these rally cars so strong, and so able to withstand every type of terrain imaginable?’
    • ‘Also make sure that your case, bag or whatever is strong and secure and lockable.’
    • ‘I used a strong epoxy glue to secure both the swivel and the brass rod in position.’
    secure, well built, indestructible, well fortified, well defended, well protected, impregnable, impenetrable, inviolable, unassailable
    durable, hard-wearing, heavy-duty, tough, sturdy, well made, substantial, solid, rugged
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    1. 2.1 (of a person's constitution) not easily affected by disease or hardship.
      • ‘I had a good, strong and very robust constitution, perfectly able to take its nourishment from a vegetable source.’
      • ‘But this cannot last long, even with people who have a strong physical constitution.’
      • ‘To explore the hole you needed a very long ladder and a strong constitution: it stank and was crawling with rats.’
      • ‘If you have a strong constitution, you can sample the two hilarious Intel ads here.’
      • ‘Mary easily forgot he was not as strong, but he would never admit to any weakness in front of her.’
      • ‘But they do not know if she is physically strong enough to survive surgery.’
      • ‘You can get sucked into one very easily if your not strong enough to stand against the gravity.’
      • ‘Hmm, you've got to have a pretty strong constitution to whack down two uncooked eggs as Mr Hogg suggests.’
      • ‘It thickens the blood, enhances the constitution, and makes a man as strong as a tree trunk.’
      • ‘And, frankly that would have any man with a strong constitution running for The Other Bus.’
      • ‘His body, too strong to surrender easily or quickly, gave up the fight for life slowly and reluctantly.’
      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. 2.2 Not easily disturbed, upset, or affected.
      ‘driving on these highways requires strong nerves’
      • ‘The British male, once known for his strong emotional reserve, is turning into what some might call a cry baby.’
      forceful, determined, spirited, dynamic, self-assertive, tough, tenacious, high-powered, formidable, aggressive, redoubtable, zealous, firm, resolute, strong-minded
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    3. 2.3 (of a person's character) showing determination, self-control, and good judgment.
      ‘only a strong will enabled him to survive’
      • ‘Her strong independent attitude comes through in her lyrics, as does her sense of humour.’
      • ‘So sitting on your hands, skipping 2003 and waiting for Longhorn could start to require strong nerves.’
      • ‘Here was a man who appeared to be possessed of a strong determination and muscular power.’
      • ‘In deference to her strong views and independence, Ames was cremated and her ashes were scattered with a few cannabis seeds.’
      • ‘The two brothers are babes in arms at this time; they grow to be strong and independent.’
      • ‘The nerves were so strong that she thought she might be sick at any moment.’
      • ‘It was typical of him in his heyday, so mentally strong, and not a sign of nerves.’
      • ‘She was a strong, independent person, and she didn't need a boy to boost her confidence.’
      • ‘They can even be an opportunity for those with strong nerves.’
      • ‘Despite being paralysed from the neck down after a car accident, Clive was a strong and independent character, she said.’
      • ‘We have to take advantage of our strong cultural economy and give it the support that it needs.’
      • ‘The new Bollywood stars are role models for them, strong, independent and bold.’
      • ‘Indeed, those with strong nerves and plenty of money should consider buying.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A man possessed of a strong independent spirit, he lived on his own in Derreens until his early nineties.’
      • ‘Don't click on this unless you have Broadband and strong nerves.’
      • ‘They are strong and independent because they have to be, not because they want to be.’
      • ‘And unless it is comprised of people with very strong nerves, success is doubtful.’
      • ‘In other words, a woman can't be trusted to be strong, independent or rational.’
      forceful, determined, spirited, dynamic, self-assertive, tough, tenacious, high-powered, formidable, aggressive, redoubtable, zealous, firm, resolute, strong-minded
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    4. 2.4 Firmly held or established.
      ‘a strong and trusting relationship’
      • ‘The power of faith is strong in Lourdes, and that should not be forgotten.’
      • ‘His family still have strong connections in Ryedale and visited relations in the area over Christmas.’
      • ‘Pockets of strong rural traditionalism and community life survived, not least because of the lack of modern services.’
      • ‘This Institute has already established a strong track record in the research arena.’
      • ‘In that moment, I felt such a strong connection with him that I knew there was no going back.’
      • ‘Mr Brown has established strong relationships with development groups, who would welcome him as prime minister.’
      • ‘Again, trust is required but difficult to gain when these differences are so strong.’
      • ‘They have strong beliefs, but strong beliefs firmly anchored in the real and the achievable.’
      • ‘A report released today shows a strong link between brain inflammation and autism.’
      • ‘Those polls found a strong link between religious observance and partisan behavior.’
      • ‘In Africa, it has taken longer to establish a strong, viable institution to promote unity.’
      • ‘Boy, that new era of strong relations with Russia sure lasted a long time, didn't it?’
      • ‘There is a strong correlation between the fold quality and the structure density.’
      • ‘This mission was successful and we can assume that two such similar clergymen established a strong and useful partnership.’
      • ‘I look forward to establishing a strong working relationship with you and to continue representing your company.’
      • ‘Jim had a special rapport with Irish people and his popularity has remained incredibly strong over the years.’
      • ‘The Tudors established a strong monarchy in the sixteenth century.’
      • ‘That proved to be a costly failure and Murdoch has established a strong presence.’
      • ‘He has family and relatives in Teesside and is also believed to have strong links to West Yorkshire.’
      • ‘There is a strong relationship between the limits and the identity of any alliance.’
      keen, eager, deep, acute, dedicated, passionate, fervent, zealous
      keen, eager, enthusiastic, earnest, dedicated, staunch, loyal, steadfast, passionate, fierce, fervent
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    5. 2.5 (of a market) having steadily high or rising prices.
      • ‘It is prudent to be cautious, especially in a strong market where prices are high.’
      • ‘It also claims that despite indications to the contrary, Gateway insisted that retail market was strong.’
      • ‘Corporate profitability and the profit share in the economy remain relatively strong.’
      • ‘It is a national franchise with strong market shares in the fastest-growing areas in the United States.’
      • ‘However, there is still a good demand and the overseas market is as strong as ever.’
      • ‘The world economy is incredibly strong at the moment and the UK is doing especially well.’
      • ‘The reason, apparently is that the market is not sufficiently strong to merit a launch right now.’
      • ‘In theory, the vertically integrated MFI should be wiping the floor with its strong market position.’
      • ‘While demand is slowing down, he said, land is still selling because the new homes market remains strong.’
      • ‘If prices are rising and the volume and open interest are both up, the market is decidedly strong.’
      • ‘Of course, if the recovery continues apace, a strong labor market could bump wages up.’
      • ‘The story continues to be the strong market share gains by the foreign nameplates.’
      • ‘Certainly a strong recovery and a rising stock market will increase tax revenues.’
      • ‘In Britain, the monthly index also remained strong, despite a marginal fall from November.’
      • ‘These results indicate a strong market reaction, especially in the postevent period.’
      • ‘This is provided those companies have a strong market position and clear competitive advantage.’
      • ‘In a strong market it is easy to pick winners because almost every share will rise.’
      • ‘Suzuki's figures were helped by strong sales in overseas markets such as India and Indonesia.’
      • ‘Analysis of historical data shows that strong market runs are followed by periods where indexes mark time.’
      • ‘Not only does that tell us there is a high level of interest in our products, but it says the market is still strong.’
  • 3Very intense.

    • ‘Police and fire officers were called to the scene and cordoned off the area after residents complained about a strong smell of gas.’
    • ‘Instead, all they have to do is follow their nose - the sweet, strong smell pervades the entire gallery.’
    • ‘During the summer we couldn't even open our windows because the smell was so strong.’
    • ‘At 16, Martin was confronted by thousands and thousands of bugs on pins and a strong smell of camphor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the time tunnel propels you through to the Victorian era, a strong smell fills the corridor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Those living close to the river had to keep their windows closed day and night to avoid the strong smell from the water.’
    • ‘The young man is to the left of the shot, squinting in the strong sunlight, his long face caught against an azure sky.’
    • ‘Why does it smell so strong when I don't actually smoke that much in the flat?’
    • ‘Do you know, sometimes the smell is so strong that it can even make you bleed through the nose.’
    • ‘Throughout the dream, I am overwhelmed by a strong smell of dampness.’
    • ‘Bright lights, especially flashing lights, and strong smells, can also bring on an attack.’
    • ‘Although my husband bought strong security lights it still continued.’
    • ‘A police officer pulled him over and apparently noticed a strong smell of pot.’
    • ‘There was a strong smell of wet clothes drying on people's bodies, and steam was rising in the air.’
    • ‘For Democrats, stunned by the turnaround in fortune, there is now a strong smell of blood in the political waters.’
    • ‘He was smoking and there was a strong smell of petrol on his clothing.’
    • ‘The alarm was raised when a student at Thurrock and Basildon College in Nethermayne reported a strong smell of gas.’
    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 colors’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The resulting images show both a strong vision and a clear understanding of the photographic medium.’
      • ‘I would like to know how can you get such vibrant and strong colors in your photos.’
      • ‘She had a strong clear voice that you would think could only come from a woman twice her age.’
      • ‘She described the colour and action which are strong features of these traditions.’
      • ‘The rest of the film is in the strong visual language of cinema itself.’
      • ‘She heard Vasic's voice, soft yet strong enough to cut through the chatter.’
      • ‘That work was different to my usual style, as I had to think about giving the clothes strong, clear lines.’
      • ‘Before he could look up, a strong, clear, voice shattered the silence of the room.’
      • ‘Unfortunately his antlers and part of his back have been erased by dripping water but otherwise he is still strong and clear.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He still speaks in a clear, strong voice and has the same head of wavy hair, though.’
      • ‘His face was broad and meaty, with a strong, prominent nose and full lips.’
      • ‘To stand out in this jungle, the Arup building needed to have a strong, clear voice - and it does.’
      • ‘It is raw, natural, with a distinct style, yet the underlying melody comes out strong and clear.’
      • ‘By now, Vasanti is animated; she is looking us straight in the eye, and her voice is strong and clear.’
      • ‘The male with the wheat colored hair and strong hawk like feature came forward, behind Mint, surprising her.’
      • ‘This collection as usual, featured lots of strong colors and a variety of shapes.’
      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 flavor) distinctive and pungent.
      ‘strong cheese’
      • ‘Children would have hated the sausages because they actually boasted a strong flavour, but they proved a treat for adults.’
      • ‘Mullet has a strong flavour and firm flesh, so it stays intact when tossed together with the olives, tomatoes and spaghetti.’
      • ‘I had expected just the tiniest sprinkling, but so much strong cheese swamped all the other flavours.’
      • ‘Less subtle is the goat's cheese, which provides a strong taste on which to balance the creaminess of the mash.’
      • ‘It has a strong earthy taste, which can work well with other strong flavours such as pigeon.’
      • ‘The lamb chops were another highlight, with a strong taste accented by the flavour of oregano.’
      • ‘The garlic wasn't strong enough to mask a slightly fishy flavour, but that didn't detract.’
      • ‘In this recipe we marry the strong flavours of olive oil and fresh rosemary with the succulence of the potato.’
      • ‘Garlic, onion and strong spices were strictly forbidden in case they contaminated the leaves.’
      • ‘It proved fresh and filling with a strong tomato flavour and far too much pasta for a mere mortal to consume in one session.’
      • ‘The chicken tasted very fresh and the sauce was delicious with a strong mustard flavour.’
      • ‘It is a fact known worldwide that I detest Brussel sprouts as strongly as their strong flavour.’
      • ‘The latter derives its names from its strong garlic flavour, which makes it a good accompaniment to meat and fish.’
      • ‘He sipped a little carefully from the spoon and found it had a strong flavour.’
      • ‘The strong flavour and softness of the prawns have made the special cuisine a gourmet's delight.’
      • ‘Here is a gutsy selection that will stand up well with most of those strong flavours.’
      • ‘I accept that there are strong flavours and challenging textures here which may not be everyone's idea of good eating.’
      • ‘It had a dark orange sauce with a strong coconut flavour that was really quite enticing.’
      • ‘On their own they are fairly bland but meaty, so they work well with strong flavours.’
      • ‘It complements fine cigars, spicy food and smoked or strong cheeses, and it slips down well on its own.’
      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’
      • ‘To drink strong liquor is also useful since nights get rather cold on the grasslands.’
      • ‘For drinking, he suggests water, coffee, tea, light white wines, and even strong liquor occasionally.’
      • ‘How we came to be was a complicated story, one not to be told unless under the influence of a few strong drinks.’
      • ‘I was drinking about 12 cans of strong beer daily, to hide the feelings about losing my mum.’
      • ‘Britain's first vintage beer festival proved that strong ale can be left to mature like wine.’
      • ‘We ate squab and currents and drank good strong ale, and I laughed at the weight of it in my head.’
      • ‘And according to dieticians, drinking a can of Red Bull is about as dangerous as drinking a strong cup of coffee.’
      • ‘She liked it because it didn't have a strong coffee taste like the other drinks.’
      • ‘Unfortunately both strong drinks brought the worst out of the taste testers.’
      • ‘The experimental drug, called caffeinol, is as potent as two cups of strong coffee and a shot of alcohol.’
      • ‘Whilst there he had drunk a couple of strong drinks, but intended to stay the night.’
      • ‘Smoking and drinking strong alcohol also lead to deep respiration.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Marion's mate likes strong tea so she asked for an extra tea bag and offered to pay.’
      • ‘Another suggestion is to spray strong coffee on areas such as lawns and roses.’
      • ‘In a statement Mrs Smith said her husband had drunk several pints of strong lager before leaving the pub at 2am.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      concentrated, undiluted, highly flavoured
      alcoholic, intoxicating, inebriating, hard, heady, potent, stiff, spirituous, vinous, intoxicant
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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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They require either a strong oxidizing agent to react with an acid or they undergo no reaction at all.’
      • ‘Addition of a strong base to a solution of a strong acid is just the reverse process.’
      • ‘This process is complicated by the fact that nitric acid acts as a strong oxidizing agent as well as an acid.’
  • 4Used after a number to indicate the size of a group.

    ‘a hostile crowd several thousand 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).

    Contrasted with weak (sense 4)
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a strong electric field, free electrons can be accelerated onto its inner surface.’
    • ‘Protons and neutrons are held together in a nucleus of an atom by the strong force.’
    • ‘The MRI scanner uses a strong magnetic field to align hydrogen atoms in the body.’

Phrases

  • come on strong

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

      • ‘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 toward the end of the round’
      • ‘Carl who retired a short time ago is coming on strong and should be in the winners position shortly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was so much fun being the number two horse and everybody knows we're coming on strong.’
      • ‘Listenership does appear to have come on strong.’
      • ‘The state's wildfire season is coming on strong and it is coming early and that is true throughout much of the west.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some of the early season front-runners are starting to look a bit ragged about the edges and the Warriors are coming on strong.’
      • ‘‘He is coming on strong and improves season on season,’ the Celtic manager said of the Bulgarian midfielder.’
      • ‘Price came on strong toward the end of last season.’
      • ‘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 program is still going strong after twelve episodes’
      • ‘Spirit photography may have faded away, but spiritualism itself is going strong.’
      • ‘Still going strong in their 53rd year, the Uffa Fox designed Flying Fifteens can really pull in the punters.’
      • ‘It proved to be so successful that they are still going strong.’
      • ‘After all this time the Country Music legend is still going strong, sense of humour and down-to-earth attitude intact.’
      • ‘Somehow, the spirit of optimism was still intact and going strong.’
      • ‘My boyfriend and I have been together for five years and still seem to be 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.’
      • ‘To be perfectly honest, I did not think at the time that I would still be going strong today.’
      • ‘The radio station turned out to be very successful and is still going strong.’
  • strong on

    • 1Good at.

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

    • Something at which one excels.

      ‘arithmetic had never been my strong point’
      • ‘But having already proven that this is not my strong point, I was soon relieved of my hammering duties once again.’
      • ‘I didn't bowl too badly but that's never been my strong point.’
      • ‘Modern dance is not their strong point, though, as their movements were a bit out-of-date.’
      • ‘However, reliability is nor your strong point.’
      • ‘But you're go-getting ways prevail, and you take charge of what's important because prioritizing is your strong point.’
      • ‘Then again, hypocrisy seems to be their strong point.’
      • ‘A sense of direction has never been my strong point.’
      • ‘Consistency however hasn't been their strong point and anything less than their best may not be enough this time round.’
      • ‘Sociology and statistics don't seem to be your strong point, Mr Newton.’
      • ‘‘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
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Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German streng, also to string.

Pronunciation

strong

/strôNG//strɔŋ/