Meaning of “strong” in the English Dictionary

"strong" in English

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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 skilled or good at doing something:

Without a doubt, she's the strongest candidate we've interviewed for the job.
As a guitarist, he's strong on (= good at) technique but lacks feeling in some pieces.

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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.
This coffee is too strong for me.
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.
It's a serious disease, but he's very strong - I think he'll pull through.
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strong adjective (IN NUMBER)

[ after noun ] having the stated number of people, members, etc.:

The crowd had grown to be several hundred strong.
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uk /strɒŋ/ us /strɑːŋ/ informal
come on strong

UK to behave towards another person in a way that is too severe, or that shows a strong sexual interest that the other person does not want:

I think you came on a bit strong - it wasn't her fault.
He's always coming on strong to me - I wish he'd stop.

US to make an extra effort in order to be successful or to have control in a situation:

He came on strong in the early rounds to annihilate the competition.

(Definition of “strong” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"strong" in American English

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strongadjective [ -er/-est only ]

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strong adjective [ -er/-est only ] (PHYSICALLY POWERFUL)

physically powerful or energetic:

You must be strong to be able to lift all that weight.
I feel a little stronger every day.
Strong winds blew down a number of trees.
The doctor prescribed a stronger pain-killer.

strong adjective [ -er/-est only ] (DIFFICULT TO BREAK)

not easily broken or damaged:

The swings are strong enough for any of the kids.

strong adjective [ -er/-est only ] (DETERMINED)

having a forceful and determined personality:

He has a strong personality, but don’t let him intimidate you.

strong adjective [ -er/-est only ] (IMPORTANT)

having a lot of influence or importance:

My grandmother had a strong influence on me as a child.
He is a strong supporter of the arts in the city.

strong adjective [ -er/-est only ] (PERSUASIVE)

believed or expressed without any doubt; persuasive:

She has strong opinions about many things.
There are strong arguments to support both sides.

strong adjective [ -er/-est only ] (OBVIOUS)

easily noticed, felt, tasted, or smelled; obvious:

He bears a strong likeness to his brother.
This coffee is too strong!
There was a strong smell of gas.

strong adjective [ -er/-est only ] (REALISTIC)

likely or realistic:

There’s a strong possibility that the naval base will close next year.

(Definition of “strong” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"strong" in Business English

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uk /strɒŋ/ us

an activity or industry that is strong is growing and becoming more successful:

Economic news has been better than expected, with retail sales remaining strong.
Worldwide sales benefited from a strong performance in Europe.

having or making a lot of money and so in a good financial position:

Commodity prices have remained extremely strong this year.
The Company maintains a strong financial position, with working capital of $33,500,000.
Several technology stocks are continuing to post strong gains on Nasdaq.
Nearly all leading markets enjoyed a strong performance during April, led by Wall Street.
strong balance sheets/cash flows

having existed for a long time and likely to remain successful:

While Europe has developed a strong position in mobile communications, substantial barriers still remain.
Owning a strong brand is key to having a successful business.

used to describe behaviour or opinions that are firm and determined:

Scientists have been telling us for years that it is essential for us to take strong action on global warming.
Against strong opposition from some CEOs, investors moved to ensure that the roles of chair and CEO were separated.
strong commitment/interest/support There has been strong support in Congress for the proposals.

MONEY a currency that is strong keeps or increases its value in relation to most other currencies:

Money experts anticipate the pound will remain strong against the dollar next year.
a strong dollar/euro/pound

used after a number to show how many people belong to or are involved in something:

The call centre has an 80-strong workforce.
be sb's strong point/suit

to be the thing that someone is particularly good at:

Financial planning does not seem to be the strong suit of many consumers in the modern world.
a strong chance/possibility

used to say that something is likely to happen:

A sale of the business in three parts is a strong possibility.

(Definition of “strong” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)