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strongadjective

uk   /strɒŋ/  us   /strɑːŋ/

strong adjective (NOT WEAK)

A2 powerful; having or using ​greatforce 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 ​oureconomicproblems are to be ​solved. I can give you stronger pain-killing ​drugs if these aren't strong enough. Strong ​tradinglinksexist 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 ​lacksfeeling 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 ​shiningstraight 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 ​heavyweight or ​force: a strong ​box/​chair The ​window is made from very strong ​glass - it won't ​shatter. It's a ​seriousdisease, but he's very strong - I ​think he'll ​pull through.
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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 ​statednumber of ​people, ​members, etc.: The ​crowd had ​grown to be several hundred strong.
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strong adjective (CHEMISTRY)

specialized chemistry A strong acid, alkali, or ​chemical baseproduces many ions (= ​atoms with an ​electricalcharge) when it is ​dissolved in ​water.

strongadverb

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 ​sexualinterest 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 ​extraeffort 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]

 us   /strɔŋ/

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

physicallypowerful or ​energetic: You must be strong to be ​able to ​lift all that ​weight. I ​feel a little stronger every ​day. Strong ​windsblew down a ​number of ​trees. The ​doctorprescribed a stronger pain-killer.

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

not ​easilybroken or ​damaged: The ​swings are strong enough for any of the ​kids.

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

having a ​forceful and ​determinedpersonality: 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)

easilynoticed, ​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 ​navalbase will ​close next ​year.
(Definition of strong from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"strong" in Business English

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strongadjective

uk   us   /strɒŋ/
an ​activity or ​industry that is strong is ​growing and becoming more ​successful: Economic ​news has been better than expected, with ​retailsales remaining strong. Worldwide ​salesbenefited from a strong ​performance in ​Europe. strong ​demand/​growth/​trading a strong ​economy/​market/​sector
having or making a lot of ​money and so in a good ​financialposition: Commodity ​prices have remained extremely strong this ​year. The Company ​maintains a strong ​financialposition, with ​workingcapital of $33,500,000. Several ​technologystocks are continuing to ​post strong ​gains on Nasdaq. Nearly all ​leadingmarkets enjoyed a strong ​performance during April, ​led by Wall Street. strong ​balance sheets/​cashflows
having existed for a ​longtime and likely to remain ​successful: While ​Europe has ​developed a strong ​position in ​mobilecommunications, ​substantialbarriers still remain. Owning a strong ​brand is ​key to having a ​successfulbusiness. a strong ​link/​relationship/​alliance
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, ​investorsmoved to ensure that the roles of ​chair and ​CEO were ​separated. strong ​leadership/​managementstrong 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 ​expertsanticipate the ​pound will remain strong against the ​dollar next ​year. a strong ​dollar/​euro/​pound
-strong used after a ​number to show how many ​people belong to or are involved in something: The ​callcentre 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)
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