strong S1 W1 comparative stronger, superlative strongest
having a lot of physical power so that you can lift heavy things, do hard physical work etc:
able to lift heavy things/do hard work
He was a big strong man.
Jack was tall and strong.
strong hands/arms/muscles etc
He picked her up in his big strong arms.
I'm not strong enough to fight him.
not easily broken or destroyed:
not easily damaged
good strong shoes
The locks on the doors were solid and strong.
determined and able to deal with a difficult or upsetting situation:
able to deal with difficulty
I am not strong enough to take insults and hatred.
Laura had a strong character.
having a lot of power or influence:
The Fifth French Republic was established with a strong president in 1958.
a strong national army
Our party is the strongest as we come up to the election.
strong emotions, opinions, beliefs etc are ones that you feel or believe a lot and are very serious about:
He had a strong sense of responsibility to his vocation of preaching.
There has been strong support for the strike.
The proposal has met with strong opposition from local people.
Many people have strong feelings about the issue.
a strong desire, influence etc affects you very much:
He had a strong desire for power.
Such feelings may have a strong influence over your decisions.
The temptation is very strong.
a strong relationship, friendship etc is very loyal and likely to last a long time:
He maintained strong links with the world of the deaf.
She still has a strong relationship with her mother.
I have a strong commitment to the quality of teaching.
likely to persuade other people that something is true or the correct thing to do:
There is a strong case for an energy conservation programme.
They need strong evidence to secure a conviction.
likely to succeed or happen:
She's a strong candidate for the party leadership.
A year ago, there was a strong possibility that he wouldn't live.
healthy, especially after you have been ill:
I don't think her heart is very strong.
You've been blessed with a strong constitution (=you are healthy and do not easily become ill).
11 also gain a strong position
to be in a situation where you have power over other people or are likely to get what you want:
The company have gained a strong position in the cheese market.
wind, water etc that moves with great force:
A strong wind was blowing across the lake.
very good at something:
good at something
His writing was strong on description.
We beat a team that was much stronger than ourselves.
be somebody's strong point/suit (=the thing that someone is especially good at)
Tact never was my strong point.
having a taste or smell that you notice easily:
This cheese has a very strong flavour.
a strong smell of petrol
having a lot of a substance such as alcohol that gives something its effect:
extra strong beer
strong pain killers
I haven't touched strong drink (=alcoholic drinks) for years.
bright and easy to see:
The light was not very strong.
speech or writing that contains a lot of swearing:
This film is not suitable for children under 12 as it contains strong language.
the way that someone pronounces words that shows clearly that they come from a particular area or country:
a strong German accent
a nose etc that is large and noticeable, especially in an attractive way:
She has the same strong features as her mother.
a strong currency (=the type of money used in a country) does not easily lose its value compared with other currencies
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used to give the number of people in a crowd or organization:
the company's 2,200 strong workforce
The crowd was 10,000 strong.
to continue to be active or successful, even after a long time:
He celebrated his ninetieth birthday this month and is still going strong.