Word forms: stronger (strɒŋgəʳ
, US strɔːŋgər), strongest (strɒŋgɪst
, US strɔːŋgɪst)
1. graded adjective & adjective Someone who is strong is healthy with good muscles and can move or carry heavy things, or do hard physical work. ⇒ I'm not strong enough to carry him. ⇒ I feared I wouldn't be able to control such a strong horse. 2. graded adjective & adjective Someone who is strong is confident and determined, and is not easily influenced or worried by other people. ⇒ He is sharp and manipulative with a strong personality. ⇒ It's up to managers to be strong and do what they believe is right. ⇒ Eventually I felt strong enough to look at him. 3. graded adjective & adjective Strong objects or materials are not easily broken and can support a lot of weight or resist a lot of strain. ⇒ The vacuum flask has a strong casing, which won't crack or chip. ⇒ Glue the mirror in with a strong adhesive. ⇒ The fabric is strong enough to withstand harsh processing. strongly
graded adverb & adverb [ADV -ed] ⇒ The fence was very strongly built, with very large posts. 4. graded adjective & adjective A strong wind, current, or other force has a lot of power or speed, and can cause heavy things to move. ⇒ Strong winds and torrential rain combined to make conditions terrible for golfers in the Scottish Open. ⇒ A fairly strong current seemed to be moving the whole boat. ⇒ A neutron star has a gravitational field strong enough to generate X-rays. strongly
graded adverb & adverb [ADV with v] ⇒ The metal is strongly attracted to the surface. 5. graded adjective & adjective A strong impression or influence has a great effect on someone. ⇒ We're glad if our music makes a strong impression, even if it's a negative one. ⇒ There will be a strong incentive to enter into a process of negotiation. ⇒ Teenage idols have a strong influence on our children. ⇒ We had strong family traditions; we couldn't escape them. strongly
graded adverb & adverb [ADV with v] ⇒ He is strongly influenced by Spanish painters such as Goya and El Greco. ⇒ They were so determined to learn and they were so strongly motivated. 6. graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n] If you have strong opinions on something or express them using strong words, you have extreme or very definite opinions which you are willing to express or defend. ⇒ She is known to hold strong views on Cuba. ⇒ There has been strong criticism of the military regime. ⇒ I am a strong supporter of the NHS. ⇒ It condemned in extremely strong language what it called Britain's iniquitous campaign. ⇒ It's bad judgment, but it's not treason. I think treason is too strong a word. strongly
graded adverb & adverb [usu ADV with v] ⇒ Obviously you feel very strongly about this. ⇒ We are strongly opposed to the presence of America in this region. ⇒ The police have strongly criticised England's football authorities. ⇒ The presidents issued a strongly-worded statement in support of the government. 7. graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n]
If someone in authority takes strong action, they act firmly and severely. ⇒ The government has said it will take strong action against any further strikes. ⇒ He has also said he will have to become a strong President to put things right.
8. graded adjective & adjective If there is a strong case or argument for something, it is supported by a lot of evidence. ⇒ The testimony presented offered a strong case for acquitting her on grounds of self-defense. ⇒ The evidence that such investment promotes growth is strong. ⇒ A strong link was found between parental mental illness and disturbance in their children. strongly
graded adverb & adverb [ADV with v, ADV adj/adv] ⇒ He argues strongly for retention of NATO as a guarantee of peace. ⇒ These are conditions said by doctors to be strongly indicative of heart failure. 9. graded adjective & adjective If there is a strong possibility or chance that something is true or will happen, it is very likely to be true or to happen. ⇒ There is a strong possibility that the cat contracted the condition by eating contaminated pet food. 10. graded adjective & adjective [ADJ n] Your strong points are your best qualities or talents, or the things you are good at. ⇒ Discretion is not Jeremy's strong point. ⇒ Exports may be the only strong point in the economy over the next six to 12 months. ⇒ Even in the area of foreign policy, his strong suit, he failed to deliver a major foreign policy address. [+ on] ⇒ Cynics argue that the E.U. is stronger on rhetoric than on concrete action. 11. graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n] A strong competitor, candidate, or team is good or likely to succeed. ⇒ She was a strong contender for Britain's Olympic team. ⇒ Some countries where English is becoming a strong competitor to French, such as Algeria and Senegal, may see an immediate halt to the council's work. ⇒ They've got a strong squad and some great players. ⇒ This show has several strengths–notably a strong cast. 12. graded adjective & adjective If a relationship or link is strong, it is close and likely to last for a long time. ⇒ He felt he had a relationship strong enough to talk frankly to Sarah. ⇒ This has tested our marriage, and we have come through it stronger than ever. ⇒ Delhi first began to develop strong ties with Moscow in the 1950s. 13. graded adjective & adjective A strong currency, economy, or industry has a high value or is very successful. ⇒ The U.S. dollar continued its strong performance in Tokyo today. ⇒ The local economy is strong and the population is growing. ⇒ The company was not financially strong enough to be floated on the Stock Exchange. 14. graded adjective & adjective If something is a strong element or part of something else, it is an important or large part of it. ⇒ We are especially encouraged by the strong representation, this year, of women in information technology disciplines. ⇒ There is a strong element of truth to each of these explanations. 15. adjective You can use strong when you are saying how many people there are in a group. For example, if a group is twenty strong, there are twenty people in it. ⇒ Ukraine indicated that it would establish its own army, 400,000 strong. ⇒ ...a 1,000-strong crowd. 16. graded adjective & adjective
A strong drink, chemical, or drug contains a lot of the particular substance which makes it effective. ⇒ Strong coffee or tea late at night may cause sleeplessness. ⇒ In strong concentrations it can cause nausea and vomiting.
17. graded adjective & adjective A strong colour, flavour, smell, sound, or light is intense and easily noticed. ⇒ As she went past there was a gust of strong perfume. ⇒ Strong colours would flatter her pale skin and dark hair. ⇒ The wine goes with strong and mild cheese alike. strongly
graded adverb & adverb [ADV with v] ⇒ He leaned over her, smelling strongly of sweat. ⇒ The effect only works well with strongly coloured subjects. 18. graded adjective & adjective If someone has a strong accent, they speak in a distinctive way that shows very clearly what country or region they come from. ⇒ 'Good, Mr Ryle,' he said in English with a strong French accent. 19. graded adjective & adjective You can say that someone has strong features or a strong face if their face has large, distinctive features. ⇒ He had a strong Greek nose and olive-black eyes.
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