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noun     strength pronunciation in British 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 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
    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 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):

    Belgium defeated a below-strength French side.

    in strength (=in large numbers):

    Local people turned out in strength to support us.

  7. 7
    [countable/uncountable] the amount of a substance in food, drink, medicine etc
  8. 8
    [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

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

    The strength of the current makes swimming dangerous.

  10. 10
    [uncountable] the amount of light, heat, sound etc that comes from something
    strength of:

    the strength of the sun’s rays

  11. 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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