[ strengkth, strength, strenth ]
/ strɛŋkθ, strɛŋθ, strɛnθ /



    on the strength of, on the basis of; relying on: He was accepted by the college on the strength of ardent personal recommendations.

Origin of strength

before 900; Middle English strengthe, Old English strengthu; see strong, -th1


Related forms

self-strength, nounsu·per·strength, noun

Synonym study

4. Strength, power, force, might suggest capacity to do something. Strength is inherent capacity to manifest energy, to endure, and to resist. Power is capacity to do work and to act. Force is the exercise of power: One has the power to do something. He exerts force when he does it. He has sufficient strength to complete it. Might is power or strength in a great or overwhelming degree: the might of an army. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for on the strength of


/ (strɛŋθ) /


Word Origin for strength

Old English strengthu; related to Old High German strengida; see strong
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Idioms and Phrases with on the strength of (1 of 2)

on the strength of

On the basis of, as in She was hired on the strength of her computer skills. [Early 1600s]

Idioms and Phrases with on the strength of (2 of 2)


see brute force (strength); on the strength of; tower of strength.

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