characterized by vigorous exertion, as action, efforts, life, etc.: a strenuous afternoon of hunting.
demanding or requiring vigorous exertion; laborious: To think deeply is a strenuous task.
vigorous, energetic, or zealously active: a strenuous person; a strenuous intellect.
- stren·u·ous·ly, adverb
- stren·u·ous·ness, stren·u·os·i·ty [stren-yoo-os-i-tee], /ˌstrɛn yuˈɒs ɪ ti/, noun
- qua·si-stren·u·ous, adjective
- qua·si-stren·u·ous·ly, adverb
- su·per·stren·u·ous, adjective
- su·per·stren·u·ous·ly, adverb
- su·per·stren·u·ous·ness, noun
- un·stren·u·ous, adjective
- un·stren·u·ous·ly, adverb
- un·stren·u·ous·ness, noun
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How to use strenuous in a sentence
The National Weather Service has already put out an alert to advise people from doing strenuous activities in the hottest hours of the day and to stay extra hydrated.This week’s ultra hot weather is brought to you by heat domes—and climate change | Sara Kiley Watson | August 13, 2021 | Popular-Science
There’s excellent hiking around Lake Atitlán, too, including a strenuous four-mile jaunt to the summit of Volcán San Pedro, at 9,908 feet.
This is a more strenuous hike that will test your limits, but you’ll get a good variety of solo hiking as well as some populated areas and campsites, if you’re in need of some emergency socialization.
Electric mowers are much, much lighter than their gas-guzzling brothers, so a push mower may not be as strenuous to operate as you think.Best electric lawn mower: Give up the gas for one of these powerful trimmers | Irena Collaku | July 25, 2021 | Popular-Science
This one is 2 inches taller than most conventional toilets, making it easier and less strenuous to sit and do your business.
His body has endured harsh heat and constant strenuous activity.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother | Justin Jones | October 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Endorphins are released during sex, just as they are during a strenuous workout.People Who Have Had Rebound Sex Tell Us Why It Is Awesome | Emily Shire | January 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But a glitch has the video stuck in permaload mode and my patience is running thin after that strenuous hour of “math”.
Socratic dialogue during strenuous exercise: take that, effete philosophers!Atheist Philosopher Peter Boghossian’s Guide to Converting Believers | Michael Schulson | November 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
She saw women carrying firewood, and how long it took, how strenuous, and the effect it was having on their health.Luci: A Revolutionary Solar-Powered Lantern That Shines a Light on Poverty | Janine di Giovanni | May 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
A strenuous worker, Mr. Johnstone, like most men who have no hobby, did not long survive his retirement from active business life.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
The strenuous efforts made by the Spaniards to secure their release are fully referred to in Chap.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Christianity has been for fifteen hundred years the religion of the brilliant, brave, and strenuous races in the world.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
Philip Livingston, a signer and a strenuous advocate for the declaration of independence, died.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
That is, Gaston greatly desired it; but this desire yielded to his wife's strenuous opposition.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for strenuous
requiring or involving the use of great energy or effort
characterized by great activity, effort, or endeavour
- strenuosity (ˌstrɛnjʊˈɒsɪtɪ) or strenuousness, noun
- strenuously, adverb
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