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[[t]strɒ̱ŋgɪst, AM strɔ͟ːŋgɪst[/t]]
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1) ADJ-GRADED Someone who is strong is healthy with good muscles and can move or carry heavy things, or do hard physical work.

I'm not strong enough to carry him...

I feared I wouldn't be able to control such a strong horse.

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2) ADJ-GRADED Someone who is strong is confident and determined, and is not easily influenced or worried by other people.

He is sharp and manipulative with a strong personality...

It's up to managers to be strong and do what they believe is right...

Eventually I felt strong enough to look at him.

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3) ADJ-GRADED Strong objects or materials are not easily broken and can support a lot of weight or resist a lot of strain.

The vacuum flask has a strong casing, which won't crack or chip...

Glue the mirror in with a strong adhesive...

The fabric is strong enough to withstand harsh processing.

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strongly ADV-GRADED ADV -ed

The fence was very strongly built, with very large posts.

4) ADJ-GRADED A strong wind, current, or other force has a lot of power or speed, and can cause heavy things to move.

Strong winds and torrential rain combined to make conditions terrible for golfers in the Scottish Open...

A fairly strong current seemed to be moving the whole boat...

A neutron star has a gravitational field strong enough to generate X-rays.

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strongly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

The metal is strongly attracted to the surface.

5) ADJ-GRADED A strong impression or influence has a great effect on someone.

We're glad if our music makes a strong impression, even if it's a negative one...

There will be a strong incentive to enter into a process of negotiation...

Teenage idols have a strong influence on our children...

We had strong family traditions; we couldn't escape them.

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strongly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

He is strongly influenced by Spanish painters such as Goya and El Greco...

They were so determined to learn and they were so strongly motivated.

6) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If you have strong opinions on something or express them using strong words, you have extreme or very definite opinions which you are willing to express or defend.

She is known to hold strong views on Cuba...

There has been strong criticism of the military regime...

I am a strong supporter of the NHS...

It condemned in extremely strong language what it called Britain's iniquitous campaign...

It's bad judgment, but it's not treason. I think treason is too strong a word.

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strongly ADV-GRADED usu ADV with v

Obviously you feel very strongly about this...

We are strongly opposed to the presence of America in this region...

The police have strongly criticised England's football authorities...

The presidents issued a strongly-worded statement in support of the government.

7) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If someone in authority takes strong action, they act firmly and severely.

The government has said it will take strong action against any further strikes...

He has also said he will have to become a strong President to put things right.

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8) ADJ-GRADED If there is a strong case or argument for something, it is supported by a lot of evidence.

The testimony presented offered a strong case for acquitting her on grounds of self-defense...

The evidence that such investment promotes growth is strong...

A strong link was found between parental mental illness and disturbance in their children.

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strongly ADV-GRADED ADV with v, ADV adj/adv

He argues strongly for retention of NATO as a guarantee of peace...

These are conditions said by doctors to be strongly indicative of heart failure.

9) ADJ-GRADED If there is a strong possibility or chance that something is true or will happen, it is very likely to be true or to happen.

There is a strong possibility that the cat contracted the condition by eating contaminated pet food.

10) ADJ-GRADED: ADJ n, v-link ADJ on n Your strong points are your best qualities or talents, or the things you are good at.

Discretion is not Jeremy's strong point...

Exports may be the only strong point in the economy over the next six to 12 months...

Even in the area of foreign policy, his strong suit, he failed to deliver a major foreign policy address...

Cynics argue that the EC is far stronger on rhetoric than on concrete action.

11) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A strong competitor, candidate, or team is good or likely to succeed.

She was a strong contender for Britain's Olympic team...

Some countries where English is becoming a strong competitor to French, such as Algeria and Senegal, may see an immediate halt to the council's work...

They've got a strong squad and some great players...

This show has several strengths - notably a strong cast.

12) ADJ-GRADED If a relationship or link is strong, it is close and likely to last for a long time.

He felt he had a relationship strong enough to talk frankly to Sarah...

This has tested our marriage, and we have come through it stronger than ever...

Delhi first began to develop strong ties with Moscow in the 1950s.

13) ADJ-GRADED A strong currency, economy, or industry has a high value or is very successful.

The US dollar continued its strong performance in Tokyo today...

The local economy is strong and the population is growing...

The company was not financially strong enough to be floated on the Stock Exchange.

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14) ADJ-GRADED If something is a strong element or part of something else, it is an important or large part of it.

We are especially encouraged by the strong representation, this year, of women in information technology disciplines...

There is a strong element of truth to each of these explanations.

15) ADJ: num ADJ You can use strong when you are saying how many people there are in a group. For example, if a group is twenty strong, there are twenty people in it.

Ukraine indicated that it would establish its own army, 400,000 strong.

...a 1,000-strong crowd.

16) ADJ-GRADED A strong drink, chemical, or drug contains a lot of the particular substance which makes it effective.

Strong coffee or tea late at night may cause sleeplessness...

In strong concentrations it can cause nausea and vomiting.

17) ADJ-GRADED A strong colour, flavour, smell, sound, or light is intense and easily noticed.

As she went past there was a gust of strong perfume...

Strong colours would flatter her pale skin and dark hair...

The wine goes with strong and mild cheese alike.

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strongly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

He leaned over her, smelling strongly of sweat...

The effect only works well with strongly coloured subjects.

18) ADJ-GRADED If someone has a strong accent, they speak in a distinctive way that shows very clearly what country or region they come from.

`Good, Mr Ryle,' he said in English with a strong French accent.

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19) ADJ-GRADED You can say that someone has strong features or a strong face if their face has large, distinctive features.

He had a strong Greek nose and olive-black eyes.

20) PHRASE: V inflects If someone comes on strong, they make their intentions or feelings clear in an excessive or aggressive way. [INFORMAL]

`I come on strong sometimes. Don't know why.' She was beginning to feel like a bully.

21) PHRASE: v-link PHR If someone or something is still going strong, they are still alive, in good condition, or popular after a long time. [INFORMAL]

The old machinery was still going strong.


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