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adjectiveadjective robuster, adjective robustest

  • 1Strong and healthy; vigorous.

    ‘the Caplans are a robust, healthy lot’
    • ‘Her body, once the robust athletic image of health, now requires a machine to keep it alive.’
    • ‘Mid-summer plantings of short-season tomato cultivars can provide vigorous, robust plants from which to harvest high-quality fruit.’
    • ‘Losey's health, never robust, failed during the production of the film and he died in London on 22 June 1984.’
    • ‘A robust grandfather, once the bane of Hollywood screenwriting, regales his frail, fidgety grandson with horrible tales of the macabre and the supernatural.’
    • ‘He starts out robust and powerful and full of vinegar, and becomes a man beaten down by tragedy.’
    • ‘You could get the microbes from around a particularly robust tomato plant and spray that on next year's crop.’
    • ‘Further tests may reveal whether planting Neotyphodium-infected robust needlegrass along roadsides could discourage animals from grazing too close to roadways.’
    • ‘Though he looks fit and robust, he says the results of all the wining and dining that go with his job are beginning to take their toll.’
    • ‘Emaciated as a result of losing about 60 pounds via a calorie-depleted diet, he barely looks like his usual robust self.’
    • ‘She is a pleasantly robust woman of modest means, patriotic in convictions, guileless in manner.’
    • ‘Not only are the transgenic tomatoes richer in lycopene, they're also more robust and more solid compared to traditional tomatoes.’
    • ‘Happily most employees are sufficiently robust to withstand the stress of a heavy workload.’
    • ‘Less rugged and robust than debonair and sophisticated, he attracted modern, independent women who appreciated his flair.’
    • ‘Some wheat farmers may be warming to the prospect of a new tool to help them grow more robust and profitable wheat, engineered to withstand herbicides.’
    • ‘He's a strapping, robust he-man living a life of seclusion with other retired adventurers in Kenya, who handily dispatches a group of assassins.’
    • ‘The two robust and muscular nudes on this sheet have also been interpreted as Leonardo's response to Michelangelo's depictions of the male nude.’
    • ‘He doesn't prune it regularly, but still he must do enough cutting to get a tractor under the robust limbs.’
    • ‘One is a robust woman the artist has indicated is from the American Midwest and the other a diminutive man he has identified as a French legionnaire.’
    strong, vigorous, sturdy, tough, powerful, powerfully built, solidly built, as strong as a horse, as strong as a ox, muscular, sinewy, rugged, hardy, strapping, brawny, burly, husky
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    1. 1.1(of an object) sturdy in construction.
      ‘a robust metal cabinet’
      • ‘The wear and tear after twelve weeks of children running, jumping, and rarely standing still further supports Waterson's choice of robust construction elements, hazard signs and protective barriers.’
      • ‘Playing with the values of bookmaking and book arts, he has produced a series of artists’ books robust enough to be handled by the public.’
      • ‘The robust steel and concrete construction and strong geometric forms of the two buildings reinforce their physical relationship.’
      • ‘Above ground, the treatment of robust metal castings, stainless-steel plate and floor finishes is more refined, to achieve a visible tactile quality in areas of immediate public contact.’
      • ‘He recommends new buildings should be more robust to deal with extreme weather events, such as hurricanes.’
      • ‘Detailing is refined but never precious, allowing the house to feel at once substantial and robust, light and refined.’
      • ‘To create an effective and healthy workplace, the administrative tower was designed as a robust loft.’
      • ‘Gormley needed a functional, maintenance-free, robust building, with more space to work, and significantly, more space to think.’
      • ‘An expanded colour palette brings this robust design classic up to date.’
      • ‘Buildings are unassuming and robust - mainly simple steel-framed sheds with brick external walls - but they originally incorporated state of the art techniques for film production.’
      durable, resilient, tough, hard-wearing, long-lasting, well made
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    2. 1.2(of a process, system, organization, etc.) able to withstand or overcome adverse conditions.
      ‘California's robust property market’
      • ‘The robust economy has resulted in more than seven million people worldwide now classed as high-net-worth individuals, with assets of $1 million or more.’
      • ‘He adds that the move is justified by a ‘more receptive’ public looking for more upscale choices in today's robust economy.’
      • ‘Dot-com fever and a robust economy had money pouring into the museum from longtime benefactors and new supporters alike.’
      • ‘Fueled by a still reasonably robust economy, the trend in Williamsburg seems to have accelerated.’
      • ‘The 30-year-old ‘photography as art’ market is robust, with record sales being recorded for the work of name photographers.’
      • ‘This paradox was propelled and even aggravated by the ongoing tensions in China's foreign relations in the 1880s within a city whose economy was built on a robust international trade.’
      • ‘Their success is not representative, however, as silver constitutes only a tiny fraction of today's robust contemporary art market.’
      • ‘Perhaps the biggest challenge in developing a robust and growing forage-finished program is the assurance of an equally distributed, year-round supply of slaughter cattle.’
      • ‘Unsure of his choice at times, Vlad learns to live the imperfection of a robust capitalist society.’
      • ‘Currently, the butter market is robust and some companies are adding more fat to their butter.’
      • ‘The driving force behind a robust industry is a strong demand for innovative new products.’
      • ‘‘We are committed to ensuring that a robust U.S. surveillance program continues in this country,’ said Veneman.’
      • ‘We need to help businesses make themselves more robust for the future.’
      • ‘"You do not have a robust advertising economy now, " Diller said.’
      • ‘Speculative investors continue to eye the company's balance sheet which remains relatively robust.’
      • ‘Explosive growth in Nevada is fueling one of the most robust economies in the nation.’
    3. 1.3Uncompromising and forceful.
      ‘he took quite a robust view of my case’
      • ‘the country's decision to bow to UN pressure was preceded by a robust defense of its policies’
      • ‘There will be even less robust debate and argument, as everybody runs scared of being accused of bullying.’
      • ‘We have had a very robust debate this afternoon, and I encourage that.’
      • ‘He advocated theories existence that would be sufficiently robust to reveal the larger patterns of society and do justice to its intricacies and complexities.’
      • ‘He claimed that they were not only able to be strong militarily, but they were able to be strong in robust debate.’
  • 2(of wine or food) strong and rich in flavor or smell.

    ‘a robust mixture of fish, onions, capers and tomatoes’
    • ‘Meeting the growing demand for robust cheeses relies on good milk, strong starters and quality flavors.’
    • ‘The specialty cheese segment has played well to consumer desires for foods with more robust and unique flavors.’
    • ‘You're planning a dinner for eight important guests and want the perfect robust red to go with filet mignon.’
    • ‘They are encouraged by activity in the American foodservice arena, where easy availability of previously little known cheeses is fueling demand for more robust flavors.’
    • ‘Flavors need to be developed to give a fuller, more robust and complete profile to overcome the lack of sugar.’
    strong, full-bodied, flavourful, full-flavoured, flavoursome, full of flavour, rich
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/rōˈbəst/ /roʊˈbəst/ /ˈrōˌbəst/ /ˈroʊˌbəst/


Mid 16th century from Latin robustus ‘firm and hard’, from robus, earlier form of robur ‘oak, strength’.