Definition of strength noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//streŋθ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//streŋθ//
    Brave, Exercise, Confident
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    being physically strong
  1. 1  [uncountable, singular] the quality of being physically strong He pushed against the rock with all his strength. It may take a few weeks for you to build up your strength again. He had a physical strength that matched his outward appearance. strength to do something She didn't have the strength to walk any further. See related entries: Exercise
  2. 2  [uncountable] the ability that something has to resist force or hold heavy weights without breaking or being damaged the strength of a rope see also industrial-strength
  3. being brave
  4. 3  [uncountable, singular] the quality of being brave and determined in a difficult situation During this ordeal he was able to draw strength from his faith. She has a remarkable inner strength. You have shown great strength of character. See related entries: Brave, Confident
  5. power/influence
  6. 4  [uncountable] the power and influence that somebody/something has Political power depends upon economic strength. Their superior military strength gives them a huge advantage. to negotiate from a position of strength The rally was intended to be a show of strength by the socialists.
  7. of opinion/feeling
  8. 5  [uncountable] how strong or deeply felt an opinion or a feeling is the strength of public opinion This view has recently gathered strength (= become stronger or more widely held). I was surprised by the strength of her feelings.
  9. advantage
  10. 6  [countable] a quality or an ability that a person or thing has that gives them an advantage The ability to keep calm is one of her many strengths. the strengths and weaknesses of an argument The new weapon's strength lies in its accuracy.
  11. of natural force
  12. 7  [uncountable] how strong a natural force is the strength of the sun wind strength the strength and direction of the tide
  13. of flavour
  14. 8[uncountable, countable] how strong a particular flavour or substance is Add more curry powder depending on the strength required. a range of beers with different strengths (= with different amounts of alcohol in them) a packet of double-strength mints
  15. of currency
  16. 9[uncountable] how strong a country’s currency (= unit of money) is in relation to other countries’ currencies the strength of the dollar
  17. number in group
  18. 10[uncountable] the number of people in a group, a team or an organization The strength of the workforce is about to be doubled from 3 000 to 6 000. The team will be back at full strength (= with all the best players) for the next match. The protesters turned out in strength (= in large numbers). These cuts have left the local police force under strength (= with fewer members than it needs).
  19. Word OriginOld English strengthu, from the Germanic base of strong.Word Familystrong adjectivestrongly adverbstrength nounstrengthen verbExtra examples He got the door open with brute strength. He had just enough strength to reach for the phone. He put all his strength into reorganizing the department. He used to entertain people with his feats of strength. He was a tower of strength to his sisters when their father died. Her childhood memories were a great source of strength when her mother was killed. Her great strength lies in her flexibility. Her love and support gave me strength. Her strength was ebbing fast, so her children were called to her bedside. Her unwillingness to answer questions undermined the strength of her position. His superior physical strength won him the title. I draw great strength from the support of my family. I’m still not quite back to full strength after my illness. I’m trying to summon up the strength to do some more work. Injuries meant that the Dutch team was below strength for the final. It took all his strength to open the box. It’s well known that cycling builds leg strength. Profits have been helped by the relative strength of the euro against the dollar. She gradually regained strength in her legs. She pushed him away with unexpected strength. She summoned up every ounce of strength she possessed. She threw the rope with all her strength. She was able to draw on her immense inner strength. The Chilean team was below strength for the final. The Korean team was not up to strength for the final. The Moroccan athlete ran a fast lap to test the strength of the other runners. The company’s key strength is its people. The country’s economic strength is declining. The dispute developed into a trial of strength between management and the union. The material has exceptionally high strength for its weight. The metal reinforcement gives it the strength to resist the high winds. The opinion that the president should stand down has gained considerable strength. The orchestra was at full strength for the Mahler symphony. The phone company aims to improve signal strength within buildings. The series of steep hills sapped the cyclists’ strength. The steel adds tensile strength to the concrete. The team may not have the best players, but it plays to its strengths. These wines vary in strength between 11° and 15°. They are negotiating from a position of strength. They are reinforced with steel for extra strength. They believe their combined strength will overwhelm the competition. Today’s vote is being seen as a test of strength for the government. US troop strength in Afghanistan dropped to 18 000. We want to learn more about the relative strengths of our students. What’s your greatest strength? When she had twins, she discovered reserves of strength that she didn’t know she had. With strength born of pure panic, she threw her attacker to the ground. You need to try and build up your strength before the winter. the continuing strength of the pound the numerical strength of the Chinese army the relative numerical strengths of men and women in the group Consider all the strengths and weaknesses of the argument. During his ordeal he was able to draw strength from his faith. My childhood memories were a great source of strength to me after my parents died. She didn’t have the strength to walk any further. She has a remarkable inner strength. Their reaction was so encouraging it gave me the strength to carry on. You have shown great strength of character.Idioms
    go from strength to strength
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    to become more and more successful Since her appointment the department has gone from strength to strength.
    on the strength of something
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    because somebody has been influenced or persuaded by something I got the job on the strength of your recommendation. She hopes to secure a recording contract on the strength of these songs.
    a person that you can rely on to help, protect and comfort you when you are in trouble
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