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Definition of strong adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , strongest
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    having physical power
  1. 1(of people, animals, etc.) having a lot of physical power so that you can lift heavy weights, do hard physical work, etc. strong muscles She wasn't a strong swimmer (= she could not swim well). He's strong enough to lift a car!
  2. 2(of a natural or physical force) having great power Stay indoors in the middle of the day, when the sun is strongest. a strong wind/current a strong magnet
  3. 3having a powerful effect on the body or mind a strong drug
  4. having power over people
  5. 4having a lot of power or influence a strong leader/government
  6. 5the strong [plural] people who are rich or powerful
  7. hard to resist/defeat/attack
  8. 6very powerful and difficult for people to fight against or defeat a strong team (figurative) The temptation to tell her everything was very strong.
  9. 7(of an argument, evidence, etc.) difficult to attack or criticize There is strong evidence of a link between exercise and a healthy heart. You have a strong case for getting your job back.
  10. opinion/belief/feeling
  11. 8[only before noun] (of a person) holding an opinion or a belief very firmly and seriously synonym firm a strong supporter/opponent of the government
  12. 9(of an opinion, a belief, or a feeling) very powerful strong support for the government People have strong feelings about this issue.
  13. not easily broken
  14. 10(of objects) not easily broken or damaged; made well a strong chair
  15. not easily upset
  16. 11not easily upset or frightened; not easily influenced by other people You need strong nerves to ride a bike in San Francisco. It's difficult, I know. But be strong! a strong personality She's had a strong will since she was a baby. see also headstrong, strong-minded, strong-willed
  17. likely to succeed
  18. 12likely to succeed or happen a strong candidate for the job You're in a strong position to negotiate a deal. There's a strong possibility that we'll lose the game.
  19. good at something
  20. 13good at something The play has a very strong cast. Mathematics was never my strong point (= I was never very good at it).
  21. number
  22. 14great in number There was a strong police presence at the demonstration.
  23. 15used after numbers to show the size of a group a 5,000-strong crowd The crowd was 5,000 strong.
  24. healthy
  25. 16(of a person) not easily affected by disease; healthy Are you feeling stronger now after your rest? synonyms at
  26. firmly established
  27. 17firmly established; difficult to destroy a strong marriage The college has strong links with local industry.
  28. business
  29. 18(of prices, an economy, etc.) having a value that is high or increasing strong share prices The euro is getting stronger against the dollar.
  30. 19(of a business or an industry) in a safe financial position Their catering business remained strong despite the recession.
  31. easy to see/hear/feel/smell
  32. 20easy to see, hear, feel, or smell; very great or intense a strong smell a strong feeling of nausea a strong voice (= loud) strong colors a face with strong features (= large and noticeable) She spoke with a strong mid-western accent. He was under strong pressure to resign.
  33. food
  34. 21having a lot of flavor strong cheese
  35. drinks
  36. 22containing a lot of a substance strong black coffee
  37. words
  38. 23(of words or language) having a lot of force, often causing offense to people The movie has been criticized for strong language (= swearing).
  39. grammar
  40. 24[usually before noun] (of a verb) forming the past tense and past participle by changing a vowel, not by adding a regular ending, for example sing, sang
  41. phonetics
  42. 25[usually before noun] used to describe the way some words are pronounced when they have stress. For example, the strong form of and is/ænd/. opposite weak
  43. Thesauruswellgood all right OK fine healthy strong in shapeThese words all describe someone who is not sick and is in good health.well [not usually before noun] (somewhat informal) in good health:Is he well enough to travel? Well is used especially to talk about your own health, to ask someone about their health, or to make a comment on it.good [not usually before noun] (somewhat informal) in good health:I don't feel good. She's looking much better these days.all right [not before noun] (somewhat informal) not feeling ill; not injured:Are you feeling all right?OK [not before noun] (informal) not feeling ill; not injured:She says that she's OK now, and will be back at work tomorrow.all right or ok?These words are slightly less positive than the other words in this group. They are both used in spoken English, to talk about not actually being sick or injured, rather than being positively in good health. Both are somewhat informal but OK is slightly more informal than all right.fine [not before noun] (not used in negative statements) (somewhat informal) completely well:“How are you?” “Fine, thanks.” Fine is used especially to talk about your health, especially when someone asks you how you are. It is also used to talk about someone's health when you are talking to someone else.healthy in good health and not likely to become sick:Stay healthy by exercising regularly.strong in good health and not suffering from an illness:After a few weeks, she was feeling stronger. Strong is often used to talk about becoming healthy again after an shape in good physical health, especially because you take regular physical exercise:I go swimming every day in order to stay in shape.Patterns all right/OK/in shape for something all right/OK to do something to feel/look well/good/all right/OK/fine/healthy/strong to keep (somebody) well/healthy/in shape perfectly well/all right/OK/fine/healthy physically well/healthy/strongWord Familystrong adjectivestrongly adverbstrength nounstrengthen verbstrong adjectivestrongly adverbstrength nounstrengthen verbIdioms
    somebody's best/strongest/winning card
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    something that gives someone an advantage over other people in a particular situation
      be strong on something
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    1. 1to be good at something I'm not very strong on dates (= I can't remember the dates of important events).
    2. 2to have a lot of something The report was strong on criticism, but short on practical suggestions.
    be somebody's strong suit
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    to be a subject that someone knows a lot about I'm afraid geography is not my strong suit.
    come on strong (informal)
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    to make your feelings clear in an aggressive way, especially your sexual feelings toward someone
    going strong (informal)
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    to continue to be healthy, active, or successful My grandmother is 90 and still going strong.
    have a strong stomach
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    to be able to see or do unpleasant things without feeling sick or upset
    strong medicine
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    something extreme or severe that is used to deal with a bad situation or problem The policy is strong medicine, but it will save us millions.
adverb a strongly built boat a light shining strongly a strongly worded protest He was strongly opposed to the idea. This is an issue I feel strongly about (= I have firm opinions about). The room smelled strongly of polish.
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