Synonyms of 'strong'
having physical powerI'm not strong enough to carry him.
He had a deep, powerful voice.
tanned muscular legs
He's small, but he's tough, and I expect him to do well in the match.
She was tall, with an athletic build.
He was a bricklayer - a big, strapping fellow.
They grew up to be farmers, round-faced and hardy.
She was a short, sturdy woman in her early sixties.
a great stout fellow, big in brawn and bone
I was never in any danger with my stalwart bodyguard around me.
He was a big, burly man.
The place was packed with beefy ex-footballers.
a tall, virile man with rugged good looks
a short, sinewy young man
Oscar turned out to be a brawny young man.
tanned muscular legs
tanned muscular legs
(of an economy, an industry, a currency, etc.) growing, successful, or increasing in valueIt took me a long while to feel well and strong again.
It will take a very fit person to beat me.
His body was still sound.
She had a normal pregnancy and delivered a healthy child.
He now owns a thriving antique business.
His robust physique counts for much in the modern game.
looking hale and hearty
in good shape,
in good condition,
his lusty singing in the open park
in fine fettle,
hale and hearty,
fit as a fiddle
I'm fit as a fiddle with energy to spare.
(of a person) self-confidentEventually I felt strong enough to look at him.
She is tough and ambitious.
brave people who dare to challenge the tyrannical regimes
courageous, , ,
She is clearly a very tough and courageous woman.
I'm a resilient kind of person.
feisty (informal), , ,
He is regarded as a persistent and tenacious interviewer.
The plucky schoolgirl amazed doctors by hanging on to life.
hard-nosed (informal), ,
his unyielding attitude on this subject
hard as nails, , , ,
firm in spirit
not easily broken or injuredAround its summit, a strong wall had been built.
Fine bone china is strong and durable.
those fortunate enough to have a fairly substantial property to sell
sturdy, , ,
The camera was mounted on a sturdy tripod.
The suspect is well built, of medium height, and with dark hair.
hard-wearing cotton shirts
on a firm foundation
great in degree or intensityA strong current seemed to be moving the whole boat.
(of arguments) supported by evidenceThere will be a strong incentive to enter into negotiations.
Scientists say there is no convincing evidence for this theory.
a persuasive argument against reform
a powerful drama about a corrupt city leader
You can't make an effective argument if all you do is stridently voice your opinion.
He puts forward a compelling argument against the culling of badgers.
a potent electoral message
That explanation seems entirely plausible to me.
This is a forceful argument for joining them.
having an extreme or drastic effectShe is known to hold strong views on Cuba.
The scheme was rejected as being too extreme.
periods of radical change
Drastic measures are needed.
French privacy laws are very strict.
more harsh laws governing the behaviour, status and even clothes of women
My father is very rigid in his thinking.
She is considered a tough and uncompromising negotiator.
draconian censorship laws
her unbending opposition to the old regime
The government will take strong action against any further strikes.
Firm decisive action will be taken to end the incident.
The quick handshake was firm and cool.
a man of very decided opinions
He is making a determined effort to regain lost ground.
The fence collapsed during the recent severe weather.
a decisive and resolute international leader
The evidence that such investment promotes growth is strong.
, , ,
telling, , , , ,
How a man shaves is a telling clue to his age.
His mother leaned forward and spoke to him in urgent undertones.
formidable, , , ,
She looked every bit as formidable as her mother.
overpowering, , ,
his overpowering manner
He is a redoubtable fighter.
His comment was trenchant and perceptive.
He makes a cogent argument for a more egalitarian education system.
(of a relationship) stable and likely to lastHe felt he had a relationship strong enough to talk frankly to Sarah.
(of a relationship) stable and likely to lastThe local economy is strong and the population is growing.
pungent, , , , ,
The more herbs you use, the more pungent the sauce will be.
having a powerful taste or smellIt's a good strong flavour, without being overpowering.
He loved hot curries.
Thai food is hot and spicy.
a mixed salad with a piquant dressing
a colourless, almost odourless liquid with a sharp, sweetish taste
heady with the smell of flowers and blossom.
There was an overpowering smell of garlic.
committed or ferventHe has a strong interest in paintings and owns a fine collection.
committed or ferventHaving strong unrequited feelings for someone is hard.
She is more adult, and more intense than I had imagined.
rich, deep colours
He made a passionate speech about his commitment to peace.
an ardent lover
He inspires fierce loyalty in his friends.
The overwhelming feeling is profound shock and anger.
a fervent admirer of her work
There has been widespread and vehement condemnation of the attack.
committed or ferventThe Deputy Prime Minister is a strong supporter of the plan.
He's a staunch supporter of controls on government spending.
Rupert was an earnest young man.
keen, , ,
a keen amateur photographer
an ardent opponent of the war
She was always such a loyal friend.
enthusiastic, , ,
The band drew a huge and enthusiastic crowd.
a steadfast friend
(of an accent) distinct and indicating where the speaker comes fromShe spoke English with a strong French accent.
(of a colour) very bright and intensestrong colours
I was convinced that he was brighter than average.
The event was held in brilliant sunshine.
He gave a dazzling performance.
He liked to shock with his earrings and loud clothes.
bold, dramatic colours
She was clearly uneasy under the glaring camera lights.
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in the sense of acute
penetrating in perception or insightHis relaxed exterior hides an extremely acute mind.
in the sense of ardent
passionatean ardent lover
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