Meaning of STRONG in English

STRONG

/ strɒŋ; NAmE strɔːŋ/ adjective

( strong·er / -gə(r); NAmE /, strong·est / -gɪst; NAmE /)

HAVING PHYSICAL POWER

1.

( of people, animals, etc. ) having a lot of physical power so that you can lift heavy weights, do hard physical work, etc. :

strong muscles

She wasn't a strong swimmer (= she could not swim well) .

He's strong enough to lift a car!

2.

( of a natural or physical force ) having great power :

Stay indoors in the middle of the day, when the sun is strongest.

a strong wind / current

a strong magnet

3.

having a powerful effect on the body or mind :

a strong drug

HAVING POWER OVER PEOPLE

4.

having a lot of power or influence :

a strong leader / government

5.

the strong [ pl. ] people who are rich or powerful

HARD TO RESIST / DEFEAT / ATTACK

6.

very powerful and difficult for people to fight against or defeat :

a strong team

( figurative )

The temptation to tell her everything was very strong.

7.

( of an argument, evidence, etc. ) difficult to attack or criticize :

There is strong evidence of a link between exercise and a healthy heart.

You have a strong case for getting your job back.

OPINION / BELIEF / FEELING

8.

[ only before noun ] ( of a person ) holding an opinion or a belief very firmly and seriously

SYN firm :

a strong supporter / opponent of the government

9.

( of an opinion, a belief or a feeling ) very powerful :

strong support for the government

People have strong feelings about this issue.

NOT EASILY BROKEN

10.

( of objects ) not easily broken or damaged; made well :

a strong chair

NOT EASILY UPSET

11.

not easily upset or frightened; not easily influenced by other people :

You need strong nerves to ride a bike in London.

It's difficult, I know. But be strong!

a strong personality

—see also headstrong , strong-minded , strong-willed

LIKELY TO SUCCEED

12.

likely to succeed or happen :

a strong candidate for the job

You're in a strong position to negotiate a deal.

There's a strong possibility that we'll lose the game.

GOOD AT STH

13.

good at sth :

The play has a very strong cast.

Mathematics was never my strong point (= I was never very good at it) .

NUMBER

14.

great in number :

There was a strong police presence at the demonstration.

15.

used after numbers to show the size of a group :

a 5 000-strong crowd

The crowd was 5 000 strong.

HEALTHY

16.

( of a person ) not easily affected by disease; healthy :

Are you feeling stronger now after your rest?

➡ note at well

FIRMLY ESTABLISHED

17.

firmly established; difficult to destroy :

a strong marriage

The college has strong links with local industry.

BUSINESS

18.

( of prices, an economy, etc. ) having a value that is high or increasing :

strong share prices

The euro is getting stronger against the dollar.

19.

( of a business or an industry ) in a safe financial position :

Their catering business remained strong despite the recession.

EASY TO SEE / HEAR / FEEL / SMELL

20.

easy to see, hear, feel or smell; very great or intense :

a strong smell

a strong feeling of nausea

a strong voice (= loud)

strong colours

a face with strong features (= large and noticeable)

She spoke with a strong Australian accent.

He was under strong pressure to resign.

FOOD

21.

having a lot of flavour :

strong cheese

DRINKS

22.

containing a lot of a substance :

strong black coffee

WORDS

23.

( of words or language ) having a lot of force, often causing offence to people :

The movie has been criticized for strong language (= swearing) .

GRAMMAR

24.

[ usually before noun ] ( of a verb ) forming the past tense and past participle by changing a vowel, not by adding a regular ending, for example sing , sang

PHONETICS

25.

[ usually before noun ] used to describe the way some words are pronounced when they have stress. For example, the strong form of and is /ænd/ .

—see also strength

OPP weak

►  strong·ly adverb :

a strongly-built boat

a light shining strongly

a strongly-worded protest

He was strongly opposed to the idea.

This is an issue I feel strongly about (= I have firm opinions about) .

The room smelt strongly of polish.

IDIOMS

- be a bit strong

- be strong on sth

- be sb's strong suit

- come on strong

- going strong

- have a strong stomach

—more at card noun

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German streng , also to string .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.