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noun strength pronunciation in American English /streŋθ/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the physical energy that someone has to lift or move things
    I didn’t have the strength to get out of bed.
    He’s working on building up his upper body strength.
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    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] the ability of something to support a force or weight without breaking
      Calcium is needed for bone strength.
      We have several cardboard boxes of different strengths.
      strength of: Test the strength of the rope.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the ability to achieve something, even in a difficult situation
    strength of: She has great strength of character.
    the strength to do something: We need someone who has the inner strength to take on a difficult job.
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  3. 3
    [uncountable] power in a military, political, or economic situation
    military strength
    strength of: the strength of the economy
  4. 4
    [countable] something that someone does very well
    Ron’s main strength is his ability to motivate his players.
    strengths and weaknesses: The test shows the students’ strengths and weaknesses.
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  5. 5
    [uncountable] the amount of influence that a person or group has
    Don’t underestimate the opposition’s strength.
    a show of strength by the militants
    Johnson had steered himself into a position of strength.
    strength of: the strength of public opinion
  6. 6
    [countable/uncountable] the size of a group of people needed to achieve something
    full strength (=with everyone present): The military force numbered 14,000 at full strength.
    under/below strength (=lacking some important members): With the injuries our team is under strength at the moment.
    in strength (=in large numbers): Local people turned out in strength to support us.
  7. 7
    [countable/uncountable] the amount of a substance in a food, drink, medicine, etc.
    an extra-strength painkiller
    coffees of different strengths
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  8. 8
    [uncountable] the ability to last for a long time
    strength of: The strength of our relationship depends on resolving these outstanding trade issues.
  9. 9
    [uncountable] the value of one countrys money compared to the money of other countries
    strength of: the strength of the dollar against the euro
  10. 10
    [countable/uncountable] the speed or force of wind or water
    winds of varying strengths
    strength of: The strength of the current makes swimming dangerous at this beach.
  11. 11
    [uncountable] the amount of light, heat, sound, etc. that comes from something
    strength of: the strength of the sun’s rays
    the strength of her voice



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