Definition of strongly in US English:



  • 1With great power or strength.

    ‘she started out swimming strongly’
    ‘the market has rallied strongly’
    • ‘She galloped strongly down the course and held off a late bid from the race favourite to secure her first high-stakes triumph.’
    • ‘Their selling is slowing, and the buying is growing and may well strongly overtake any selling remaining.’
    • ‘Much of his work expresses complex cosmic and spiritual forces that he feels strongly surging around him.’
    • ‘On a strongly running tide, fishing these shoals can be reminiscent of fishing the tumbling waters in a mountain stream.’
    • ‘They were setting it firmly into the hole, with bits of wood strongly hammered in on every side so the cross might stand more solidly and not fall.’
    1. 1.1 In a forceful or heartfelt way; firmly.
      ‘the rebel movement strongly denied responsibility for the attack’
      ‘I strongly believed in the importance of what I did’
      • ‘We have the ability to disagree strongly yet still remain friends.’
      • ‘Fear causes us to mistrust a group we're fearful of, and to more strongly trust the group we're a part of.’
      • ‘I am strongly convinced that evil exists.’
      • ‘I have to say that I strongly agree with Gunnar.’
      • ‘She strongly refuted rumours that she pursued the case for malicious reasons.’
    2. 1.2 To a great degree or extent.
      ‘he was strongly affected by the divorce of his parents’
      ‘I was strongly impressed by his enthusiasm’
      • ‘The committee was strongly moved by the comments from its nursing members about the differential access to treatment as a result of differences in wealth.’
      • ‘Tidal floodplain populations in England are strongly biased towards deprived communities.’
      • ‘If you are not strongly disturbed several times today, you are not understanding me.’
      • ‘Some argue that the intellectual life of Bulgarians in the nineteenth century was influenced strongly by Russian culture.’
      • ‘The willingness and freedom to take risks strongly impacted the character of my playing.’
    3. 1.3 In a very intense or distinctive manner.
      ‘the car smelled strongly of whiskey’
      ‘a strongly flavored cheese’
      • ‘Strongly aromatic foods like Korean kimchi can really stink up a cabin.’
      • ‘The lentils were too strongly seasoned for any truffle to show through.’
      • ‘The strongly pungent artemisia family is silvery and soft, but its forms develop into sprawling shrubs whose flowers are insignificant.’
      • ‘The place stank strongly of sick and wounded people.’
      • ‘They are among the most strongly scented of all roses.’
  • 2In a way that is able to withstand force or wear.

    ‘the wheels are strongly made’
    ‘strongly built vehicles’
    • ‘If set up strongly, firewalling will block all but the port you want open for your site.’
    • ‘The bottom is trussed, and the two parts are strongly put together.’
    • ‘The floor is made of split bamboo strongly woven, resting on timber uprights.’
    • ‘The superstructure is of brick, the walls being thoroughly grouted and strongly constructed.’
    • ‘Partition units are made of heavy rolled steel sections strongly assembled and carefully finished.’