W2S2 [streŋθ, strenθ] n
3¦(feeling/belief )¦
4¦(organization/country etc)¦
5¦(useful quality or ability)¦
8¦(number of people)¦
10 on the strength of something
11 position of strength
12 go from strength to strength
13¦(natural force)¦
14¦(colour/light/flavour/smell etc)¦
15 give me strength
16 not know your own strength
[: Old English; Origin: strengthu]
1.) ¦(PHYSICAL)¦[U]
the physical power and energy that makes someone strong
≠ ↑weakness
have/find the strength to do sth
She didn't even have the strength to stand up.
I'm trying to build up my strength .
Jo hit him with all her strength .
He never ceased to be amazed by her physical strength .
the quality of being brave or determined in dealing with difficult or unpleasant situations
have/find the strength to do sth
Jenny didn't have the strength to end the relationship.
She had enormous strength of character (=strong ability to deal with difficult situations) .
strength of mind/purpose
The sea was very cold and it required great strength of mind to get in.
I think you have to find an inner strength in order to feel good about yourself.
tower of strength attower1 (3)
how strong a feeling, belief, or relationship is
= ↑depth strength of
Governments cannot ignore the strength of public opinion.
We understand the strength of feeling against the proposal.
the political, military, or economic power of an organization, country, or system
strength of
the strength of the US economy
The socialists organized a show of strength (=when a country or organization shows how strong it is) .
a particular quality or ability that gives someone or something an advantage
≠ ↑weakness
Her main strength is her critical thinking ability.
strength of
The great strength of our plan lies in its simplicity.
Be aware of your own strengths and weaknesses .
6.) ¦(OBJECT)¦[U]
how strong an object or structure is, especially its ability to last for a long time without breaking
≠ ↑weakness strength of
a device for testing the strength of concrete structures
how strong a substance or mixture is
Add water to dilute the solution to the required strength.
full-strength/half-strength/double-strength etc
Young plants can be fed with half-strength liquid fertilizer.
the number of people in a team, army etc
The Edinburgh team are now at full strength .
below strength
The police force is below strength at the moment (=there are fewer police than there should be) .
in strength
Security forces were out in strength (=in large numbers) but did not intervene.
9.) ¦(MONEY)¦[U]
the value of a country's money when compared to other countries' money
strength of
the strength of the dollar on the international money markets
10.) on the strength of sth
because of something
I bought the book on the strength of your recommendation.
11.) position of strength
a position where you have an advantage over someone, especially in a discussion
We must negotiate from a position of strength.
12.) go from strength to strength
to become more and more successful
For several years the business went from strength to strength.
how strong a natural force is
the strength of the sunlight
how strong a colour, taste etc is
15.) give me strength
spoken used when you are annoyed or angry about something
16.) not know your own strength
to not realize how strong you are

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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