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 Dictionary entry overview: What does strenuous mean? 

STRENUOUS (adjective)
  The adjective STRENUOUS has 2 senses:

1. characterized by or performed with much energy or force
2. taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance

  Familiarity information: STRENUOUS used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

STRENUOUS (adjective)

Sense 1strenuous [BACK TO TOP]


Characterized by or performed with much energy or force

Context example:

strenuous exercise


energetic (possessing or exerting or displaying energy)

Sense 2strenuous [BACK TO TOP]


Taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance


straining; arduous; strenuous

Context examples:

his final, straining burst of speed / a strenuous task / your willingness after these six arduous days to remain here


effortful (requiring great physical effort)

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