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noun     strength pronunciation in American English
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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.

    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.

  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 studentsstrengths and weaknesses.

  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

  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 country’s 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
    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

  12. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    go from strength to strength to become increasingly successful
    Submitted by leaeriz from Poland on 13/04/2016
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