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adjective uk   /strɒŋ/  us   /strɑːŋ/

strong adjective (NOT WEAK)

A2 powerful; having or using great force or control: She must be very strong to carry such a weight on her back. It is surely the duty of the stronger members in a society to help those who are weak. My grandmother had a strong influence/effect on my early childhood. Strong winds are forecast in the area for the next few days. It's surprising what strong memories a photograph can produce. Get Carl to lift it - he's as strong as an ox (= very strong).B2 effective; of a good quality or level and likely to be successful: We will need strong policies if our economic problems are to be solved. I can give you stronger pain-killing drugs if these aren't strong enough. Strong trading links exist between us and many South American countries.B2 clever or good at doing things: Without a doubt, she's the strongest candidate we've interviewed for the post. As a guitarist, he's strong on (= good at) technique but perhaps lacks feeling in some pieces.
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strong adjective (DETERMINED)

B2 difficult to argue with; firm and determined: She has strong opinions about religion. He has a strong personality, but don't let him bully you. Most of the group have strong views on the subject of divorce.
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strong adjective (NOTICEABLE)

B1 If a taste, smell, etc. is strong, it is very noticeable or powerful: A strong light was shining straight in my eyes. There's a really strong smell of bleach in the corridor. I don't like coffee/tea if it's too strong. The room was decorated in very strong colours. What a strong likeness there is between the brothers.
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strong adjective (DIFFICULT TO BREAK)

B1 difficult to break, destroy, or make sick, or able to support a heavy weight or force: a strong box/chair The window is made from very strong glass - it won't shatter. He's never been very strong, and I'm afraid all the excitement was too much for him. He had such a strong will to live - he simply refused to die.
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strong adjective (LIKELY)

C2 very likely to happen: There's a strong possibility/likelihood of finding the child within the next few hours. The treatment's chances of success are stronger if it is started as soon as the disease is diagnosed.

strong adjective (IN NUMBER)

[after noun] having the stated number of people, members, etc.: Our social club is currently about 80 strong.
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strong adjective (CHEMISTRY)

specialized chemistry A strong acid, alkali, or chemical base produces many ions (= atoms with an electrical charge) when it is dissolved in water.

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adverb uk   /strɒŋ/  us   /strɑːŋ/ informal
come on strong to behave in a way that makes it clear that you are sexually interested in a particular person, or to behave towards another person in a way which many people think is too severe: He's always coming on strong to me - I wish he'd stop. You came on too strong then - she didn't do it deliberately.
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