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[ strengkth, strength, strenth ]


  1. the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power.
  2. mental power, force, or vigor.
  3. moral power, firmness, or courage.
  4. power by reason of influence, authority, resources, numbers, etc.
  5. number, as of personnel or ships in a force or body:

    a regiment with a strength of 3000.

  6. effective force, potency, or cogency, as of inducements or arguments:

    the strength of his plea.

  7. power of resisting force, strain, wear, etc.
  8. vigor of action, language, feeling, etc.
  9. the effective or essential properties characteristic of a beverage, chemical, or the like:

    The alcoholic strength of brandy far exceeds that of wine.

    Synonyms: potency

  10. a particular proportion or concentration of these properties; intensity, as of light, color, sound, flavor, or odor:

    coffee of normal strength.

    Synonyms: pungency, vividness, loudness, brightness

  11. a positive or valuable attribute or quality:

    I was asked to list my strengths and weaknesses.

  12. something or someone that gives one strength or is a source of power or encouragement; sustenance:

    The Bible was her strength and joy.

  13. power to rise or remain firm in prices:

    Stocks continued to show strength.

    The pound declined in strength.


/ strɛŋθ /


  1. the state or quality of being physically or mentally strong
  2. the ability to withstand or exert great force, stress, or pressure
  3. something that is regarded as being beneficial or a source of power

    their chief strength is technology

  4. potency, as of a drink, drug, etc
  5. power to convince; cogency

    the strength of an argument

  6. degree of intensity or concentration of colour, light, sound, flavour, etc
  7. the full or part of the full complement as specified

    at full strength

    below strength

  8. finance firmness of or a rising tendency in prices, esp security prices
  9. archaic.
    a stronghold or fortress
  10. informal.
    the general idea, the main purpose

    to get the strength of something

  11. from strength to strength
    with ever-increasing success
  12. in strength
    in large numbers
  13. on the strength of
    on the basis of or relying upon

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Other Words From

  • self-strength noun
  • su·per·strength noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of strength1

First recorded before 900; Middle English strengthe, Old English strengthu; strong, -th 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of strength1

Old English strengthu; related to Old High German strengida; see strong

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. on the strength of, on the basis of; relying on:

    He was accepted by the college on the strength of ardent personal recommendations.

More idioms and phrases containing strength

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

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Synonym Study

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.

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Example Sentences

It’s not all just your beauty, it’s your power and strength and your voice.

Philip Tetlock, in his book, Expert Political Judgement, helped me garner the strength required for an entrepreneurial journey.

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If they can blend that clear strength with a more consistent scoring attack, the Rockets can indeed win it all.

Peloton is also preparing bootcamp training classes for its bikes, which are strength training video workouts currently available on the Tread and the Peloton mobile app, according to the people familiar with the matter.

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Heavy squats and deadlifts require immense core strength, but crucially they don’t require moving your abs.

Morris searched for whatever strength was left in his malnourished body.

The most dangerous attacks are those that undermine your perceived strength.

That had to give them an enormous reservoir of moral strength and solace.

They are stories of persecution and triumph, adversity and strength.

With twice as many British soldiers, Washington was in for a fiercely competitive battle of wit and strength.

The heat of drunkenness is the stumblingblock of the fool, lessening strength and causing wounds.

The manifest annoyance of her household was thus easily accounted for, but he marveled at the strength of her bodyguard.

To be wiser than other men is to be honester than they; and strength of mind is only courage to see and speak the truth.

For of sadness cometh death, and it overwhelmeth the strength, and the sorrow of the heart boweth down the neck.

But the strength of his arm, and the bravery of his heart could not have defended him long against their determined attack.


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