W1S1 [strɔŋ US stro:ŋ] adj comparative stronger superlative strongest
1¦(able to lift heavy things/do hard work)¦
2¦(not easily damaged)¦
3¦(able to deal with difficulty)¦
8¦(argument/reason etc)¦
9¦(likely )¦
11 be in a strong position
12 strong wind/current/tide
13¦(good at something)¦
15¦(alcohol/drugs etc)¦
17 strong language
18 strong accent
19 strong nose/chin/features
21 600/10,000 etc strong
22 be going strong
[: Old English; Origin: strang]
having a lot of physical power so that you can lift heavy things, do hard physical work etc
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
good strong shoes
The locks on the doors were solid and strong.
determined and able to deal with a difficult or upsetting situation
I am not strong enough to take insults and hatred.
Laura had a strong character.
4.) ¦(POWERFUL)¦
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.
strong feelings/views/opinions
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.
a strong argument
9.) ¦(LIKELY )¦
likely to succeed or happen
She's a strong candidate for the party leadership.
strong possibility/chance/probability
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.) be in a strong position 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.
12.) strong wind/current/tide
wind, water etc that moves with great force
A strong wind was blowing across the lake.
very good at something
His writing was strong on description.
We beat a team that was much stronger than ourselves.
be sb's strong point/suit
(=the thing that someone is especially good at)
Tact never was my strong point.
14.) ¦(TASTE/SMELL)¦
having a taste or smell that you notice easily
strong coffee
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.
17.) strong language
speech or writing that contains a lot of swearing
This film is not suitable for children under 12 as it contains strong language.
18.) strong accent
the way that someone pronounces words that shows clearly that they come from a particular area or country
a strong German accent
19.) strong nose/chin/features
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
21.) 600/10,000 etc strong [only after number]
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.
22.) be going 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 .
come on strong at come on(10)
WORD FOCUS: strong
person: tough, muscular, wiry, powerful
thing: tough, sturdy, durable, rugged, heavy-duty, indestructible, well-made, robust
country/organization: powerful, mighty, influential, dominant
See also: strength, power

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