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noun strength pronunciation in British 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.

    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 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. 4
    [countable] something that someone does very well

    Ron’s main strength is his ability to motivate players.

    strengths and weaknesses:

    The test shows the students’ strengths and weaknesses.

  4. 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

  5. 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):

    Belgium defeated a below-strength French side.

    in strength (=in large numbers):

    Local people turned out in strength to support us.

  6. 7
    [countable/uncountable] the amount of a substance in food, drink, medicine etc

    coffees of different strengths

  7. 8
    [uncountable] the value of one countrys money compared to the money of other countries
    strength of:

    the strength of the dollar against the euro

  8. 9
    [countable/uncountable] the speed or force of wind or water

    winds of varying strengths

    strength of:

    The strength of the current makes swimming dangerous.


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