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This word must be preceded by the definite article in the sense shown in 19).
strong
adjective
1. (physically powerful) 
a. fuerte 
He's so strong that he can lift both of his children at the same time.Es tan fuerte que puede levantar a sus dos hijos a la vez.
2. (healthy) 
a. sano 
She had very strong teeth.Tenía los dientes muy sanos.
b. fuerte 
As soon as I feel stronger, I'll get back to work.En cuanto me sienta más fuerte, volveré a trabajar.
3. (sturdy) 
a. fuerte 
We added a strong roll bar to the car before heading out to the rally in the desert.Añadimos una fuerte barra antivuelco al coche antes de salir al rally en el desierto.
b. resistente 
We need a strong chair to support Santa's weight with children on his lap.Necesitamos una silla resistente para aguantar el peso de Santa con los niños en su regazo.
4. (violent) 
a. fuerte 
The hurricane's strong winds ripped half the town apart.Los vientos fuertes del huracán destrozaron la mitad del pueblo.
5. (concentrated) 
a. fuerte 
I have a bad headache. Give me something strong.Tengo un fuerte dolor de cabeza. Dame algo fuerte.
b. intenso 
Where is that strong fishy smell coming from?¿De dónde viene ese intenso olor a pescado?
c. cargado 
Adele likes her coffee strong.A Adele le gusta que su café sea cargado.
6. (forceful) 
a. de peso 
The students presented a strong argument to their teacher as to why she should not assign them homework over break.Los estudiantes expusieron un argumento de peso sobre por qué ella no debe asignarles deberes durante las vacaciones.
b. sólido 
Her lawyer presented a strong case for her innocence.Su abogado planteó un caso sólido por su inocencia.
7. (powerful) 
a. fuerte 
The president seeks to make her country the strongest in the region.La presidenta busca hacer que su país sea el más fuerte de la región.
8. (of high intensity) 
a. potente 
They used a strong laser to cut the steel.Usaron un láser potente para cortar el acero.
b. mucho aumento (for eyeglasses) 
She has a strong prescription for her glasses.Ella tiene una receta de mucho aumento para las lentes.
9. (of deeply held beliefs) 
a. grande 
I have strong doubts that it is possible to negotiate a solution with the armed robbers.Tengo grandes dudas sobre si es posible negociar una solución con los ladrones armados.
b. firme 
The parishioners share strong principles.Los feligreces comparten firmes principios.
10. (mentally powerful) 
a. fuerte 
Thanks to his strong mind, he doesn’t bend to criticism.Gracias a su mente fuerte, no se dobla bajo la crítica.
11. (good) 
a. fuerte 
The Chivas team is strong this year.El equipo de las Chivas está fuerte este año.
b. firme 
Alvaro seemed to be a strong candidate until the news came out about the fraud he committed.Álvaro parecía ser candidato firme hasta que salió la noticia del fraude que cometió.
c. bueno 
I prefer to have a team of strong players, rather than a team whose only hope is its star player.Prefiero tener un equipo de jugadores buenos, en lugar de un equipo cuya única esperanza es su jugador estrella.
d. sólido 
The cast gave a strong performance on opening night.El elenco hizo una representación sólida en la noche de apertura.
e. convincente 
Sally was strong in her role as Annie in the movie.Sally fue convincente en su papel como Annie en la película.
12. (harsh language) 
a. subido de tono 
It’s not polite to use such strong language in the presence of a lady.Es maleducado utilizar un lenguaje tan subido de tono en la presencia de una dama.
b. fuerte 
His dad had some strong words for him when he backed the car into a lamppost.Su padre le tuvo palabras fuertes cuando retrocedió el coche contra una farola.
c. duro 
Her mother had some strong words for her when she came home at 3 am.Su mamá la esperó con unas palabras duras cuando llegó a las 3 am.
d. enérgico 
The committee sent a strong letter of condemnation to the president for his negligence.El comité envió una carta enérgica de condenación al presidente por su negligencia.
13. (accent) 
a. marcado 
Rebecca has a strong accent, but I can’t make out where it’s from.Rebecca tiene un acento marcado, pero no diviso de dónde provenga.
b. fuerte 
My teacher’s strong Spanish accent makes him difficult to understand.El fuerte acento español de mi maestro lo hace difícil de entender.
14. (well-defined) 
a. marcado 
Fernanda has a strong resemblance to her mother.Fernanda tiene un parecido marcado con su mamá.
b. pronunciado 
His strong chin makes him more photogenic.Su barbilla pronunciada lo hace más fotogénico.
15. (in number) 
The Mongol army unit was 1,000 strong.El destacamento mongol era de 1,000 soldados.
The terrorists claim to have an army that is 200,000 strong.Los terroristas alegan tener un ejército con 200,000 regulares.
16. (grammar) 
a. irregular 
A strong inflection is an iregular type of conjugation such as "gave" instead of "gived."Una inflección irregular es una conjugación de un tipo diferente como "gave" en lugar de "gived".
adverb
17. (forcefully) 
He really came on strong with his criticism.Realmente fue duro con su crítica.
He's very attractive but he came on too strong for my taste.Es muy guapo pero fue demasiado intenso para mi gusto.
18. (well) 
a. viento en popa 
The company is still going strong after 100 years.La empresa marcha viento en popa después de 100 años.
b. en forma 
He’s still going strong at age 80.Sigue estando en plena forma a sus 80 años.
plural noun
19. (fittest beings) 
a. los fuertes (M) 
Only the strong can be expected to survive this famine.Sólo los fuertes podrán sobrevivir esta hambruna.
strong
adjective
1. (physically or mentally powerful) 
a. fuerte 
2. (friendship, argument) 
a. sólido(a) 
3. (intense; color, light) 
a. intenso(a) 
4. (smell, drink, measures, language) 
a. fuerte 
5. (resemblance, accent) 
a. marcado(a) 
6. (belief, support) 
a. firme 
7. (possibility) 
a. serio(a) 
strong point(punto m) fuerte m
8. (durable; rope, cloth, shoes) 
a. fuerte, resistente 
9. (good; candidate) 
a. firme 
10. (team) 
a. fuerte 
she's strong at physicsla física es uno de sus fuertes
adverb
11. (general) 
to be still going strongestar todavía en forma
Noun
12. (general) 
the stronglos fuertes
strong [strɒŋ]
adjective
stronger (comparative)strongest (superlative)
1 (physically tough) fuerte
I'm not strong enough to carry him no soy lo suficientemente fuerte para cargar con él
I feared I would not be able to control such a strong horse to be strong in the arm
to have strong nerves tener nervios de acero
you need strong nerves to deal in futures we have strong nerves and we will come through these difficulties
to have a strong stomach tener un buen estómago
he needed a strong stomach for his latest starring role as a heart specialist, which involved him witnessing open-heart surgery the strong arm of the law
to be as strong as an ox ser fuerte como un toro
2 (healthy) [+teeth, bones] sano; [+heart] fuerte; sano
he's got strong teeth and bones when you are strong again Many of the youngsters are barely strong enough to stand; all walk like old men his heart isn't as strong as it was
she has never been very strong nunca ha tenido una constitución fuerte; he's getting stronger every day (after operation) se va reponiendo poco a poco
3 (sturdy) [+material, structure, frame] fuerte
the trains were of a strong, modern design strong kraft paper is spun around steel wire this toilet paper is exceptionally strong if you're going hillwalking, you'll need strong shoes it is simple in design, strong and very safe the fabric is strong enough to withstand constant washing the shelf wasn't strong enough to take the weight of my books
4 (powerful) [+drug, wine, cheese, wind, voice] fuerte; [+coffee] fuerte; cargado; [+argument, evidence] sólido; de peso; [+currency] fuerte; [+magnet, lens] potente; [+impression, influence] grande
an actor who has a very strong voice she has a strong pure voice and sings sweet, wholesome melodies The choir from the nearby training school were in strong voice that evening there are strong arguments that some clergy should be allowed to marry there is a strong argument that there is strong evidence that organophosphates (ops), chemicals used in sheep-dipping and in some insecticides, have a similar affect on the brain to BSE. the evidence is strong that people who lead hostile, competitive lives are more likely to suffer heart disease than easy-going people the firm issued a strong denial yesterday and said it will vigorously defend its position how strong are his current spectacles? prescriptions for ever stronger lenses I wanted some stronger painkillers The drink wasn't strong enough for him and he added more whisky She never drank anything stronger than Coke. strong coffee or tea late at night make cause sleeplessness the wine goes with strong and mild cheeses alike you'll need a strong bleach to get the stain out glue the mirror in with \a strong adhesive\ a strong pound gave a boost to shares yesterday before you can have a strong currency, you need a strong economy if the pound maintains its strong performance against the dollar everything will depend on how strong the pound is the US dollar continued its strong performance in Tokyo today she can already make a strong case for claiming that she's the best British woman athlete there's been There is a very strong case that nuclear energy, unpopular as it may be, is in fact the greenest form of energy of all a fairly strong current seemed to be moving the whole boat we're glad if our music makes a strong impression there will be a strong incentive to enter into a process of negotiation a strong influence on the world economy there is a strong indication that she was sexually assaulted this was a strong indication of the quite astonishing attitude to the law by a senior local government officer in strong [concentrations] it can cause nausea and vomiting Their action would necessitate strong measures the government has said it will take strong action against any further strikes Pakistan in a strong position on the opening day of the final Test if you get good grades, you'll be in a stronger position when it comes to looking for a job he continues to protest his innocence in the strongest possible terms
music with a strong beat música (f) con mucho ritmo
we have a strong case (against them) las razones que nosotros exponemos son muy sólidas (en contraposición a las de ellos)
to be in a strong [position] the bride's parents had strong [reservations] about the match strong [winds] and torrential rain
5 (firm) [+opinion, belief, supporter] firme
she holds strong views on Cuba An old lady, a strong Labour supporter, grabbed me by the arm
a man of strong principles un hombre de principios firmes
there is still a strong belief among professionals that her strong Catholic beliefs made abortion unthinkable these people have strong convictions strong religious convictions how strong are her religious beliefs? there is a strong conviction that we have strong family connections he has strong links with England there will still be strong ties between the countries no matter what happens
Delhi developed strong ties with Moscow Delhi desarrolló vínculos muy estrechos con Moscú
I'm a strong believer in love
I am a strong believer in tolerance creo firmemente en or soy gran partidario de la tolerancia
6 (mentally) fuerte
he has a strong personality tiene un carácter or una personalidad fuerte; he tries to be strong for the sake of his children intenta mostrarse fuerte por el bien de sus hijos
because I'm a man I'm supposed to be strong and not cry
he is a strong leader es un líder fuerte or sólido; he's the strong silent type es de los muy reservados
his father was the strong silent type I think sometimes you need to be strong - like a father who clips a naughty child Jane was not strong enough mentally to cope with her husband's illness it's up to managers to be strong and do what they believe is right eventually I felt strong enough to look at him
7 (intense) [+emotion, colour, smell] fuerte; intenso; [+light] potente; intenso
his strong feelings of inadequacy strong maternal feelings he knew how strong my feelings were there was a strong feeling of unity among the players Eric always had a strong sense of justice strong colours would flatter her pale face and dark hair sauce with a strong tomato flavour it's a strong flavour without being overpowering
there was a strong smell of petrol había un fuerte or intenso olor a gasolina
a strong smell of camphor and cloves
8 (good) [+team] fuerte; [+candidate] bueno; firme; [+marriage, relationship] sólido
the company was not financially strong she was a strong contender for Britain's Olympic team they've got a strong squad and some great players
he is a strong swimmer/runner es un buen nadador/corredor; the show has a strong cast el espectáculo tiene un buen reparto or un reparto muy sólido
he felt he had a relationship strong enough to talk frankly to Sarah we have a strong marriage
a strong performance from Philippa Lilly in the title role una actuación sólida or convincente por parte de Philippa Lilly en el papel de protagonista
what saves the picture from disaster are some strong performances and a powerful narrative
she is strong in maths las matemáticas se le dan muy bien
Edward is a bright boy who is particularly strong in maths to be strong [on] sth
he's not very strong on grammar no está muy fuerte en gramática
the film is strong on plot and narrative
discretion is not Jane's strong point la discreción no es el fuerte de Jane
exports may be the only strong point in the economy
geography was never my strong point la geografía nunca fue mi fuerte
to be in a strong position encontrarse en una buena posición
he's in a strong position to take over from Jack when he retires
there is a strong possibility that ... hay muchas posibilidades de que ...
there is a strong possibility that the cat contracted the condition by eating contaminated pet food
9 (severe, vehement) [+words] subido de tono; fuerte; [+denial] tajante
it condemned, in extremely strong language, what it called Britain's iniquitous campaign
there has been strong criticism of the military regime se ha criticado duramente el régimen militar
the organization issued a strong protest yesterday we shall be making a strong protest through the UN
he has written a very strong letter of protest to his MP ha escrito una carta de protesta muy enérgica a su diputado; strong language (swearing) lenguaje (m) fuerte; (frank) lenguaje (m) muy directo; in the strongest possible terms enérgicamente
I condemn in the strongest possible terms this cowardly action he continues to protest his innocence in the strongest possible terms I should like to object in the strongest possible terms to this
10 (noticeable) [+resemblance] marcado; [+presence] fuerte
he had a strong German accent tenía un fuerte or marcado acento alemán
she bore a strong resemblance to her sister It was one of those strong, firm faces which have a permanent tan the glance was strong and steady in its challenge we are especially encouraged by the strong representation this year of women in information technology disciplines
there is a strong element of truth in this hay gran parte de verdad en esto
we must keep a strong presence in the Gulf
11 [+features] pronunciado; marcado
He is a good-looking man with strong features and a tall, powerful body
12 (in number)
the Ukraine indicated that it would establish its own army, 400,000 strong
they are 20 strong son 20 en total; a group 20 strong un grupo de 20 (miembros etc); a 1000-strong crowd una multitud de 1000 personas
13 (Ling) [+verb] irregular
adverb
1
to come on strong (be harsh) ser duro; mostrarse demasiado severo
don't you think you came on a bit strong there? ¿no crees que fuiste un poco duro?; ¿no crees que te mostraste un poco severo?; she was coming on strong (showing attraction) se veía que él le gustaba
2
to be going strong
the firm is still going strong la empresa se mantiene próspera; their marriage is still going strong after 50 years después de 50 años su matrimonio sigue viento en popa; he was still going strong at 90 a sus 90 años todavía se conservaba en forma
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