- strong|ly [ˈstrɔŋli US ˈstro:ŋ-] adv1.) if you feel or believe in something strongly, you are very sure and serious about it▪ I'm strongly opposed to capital punishment.▪ We strongly believe that she is innocent.▪ I'm strongly in favour of marriage.2.) in a way that is meant to persuade someone to do somethingstrongly suggest/advise/recommend sth▪ Before taking action you are strongly recommended to consult an accountant.3.) in a way that is easy to notice▪ The house smelt strongly of food.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬HINTDo not say 'hold/grip strongly'. Use firmly or tightly: He gripped my arm tightly.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.