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fortify

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verb for·ti·fy \ˈfȯr-tə-ˌfī\

Simple Definition of fortify

  • : to strengthen (a place) by building military defenses (such as walls, trenches, etc.)

  • : to make (someone or something) stronger

  • : to make (yourself) feel stronger or less fearful

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fortify

fortified

fortifying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make strong: as a :  to strengthen and secure (as a town) by forts or batteries b :  to give physical strength, courage, or endurance to <fortified by a hearty meal> c :  to add mental or moral strength to :  encourage <fortified by prayer> d :  to add material to for strengthening or enriching <fortified milk>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to erect fortifications

fortifier

play \-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of fortify in a sentence

  1. fortify a city against attack

  2. a city fortified by high walls

  3. Support for his theories has been fortified by the results of these experiments.

  4. He took a deep breath to fortify himself before stepping onto the stage.

  5. milk fortified with vitamin D



Did You Know?

Medieval cities were fortified against attack by high walls, and volunteers may fortify a levee against an overflowing river by means of sandbags. Foods can be fortified by adding vitamins, but "fortified wines", such as sherry and port, have brandy (a "stronger" drink) rather than vitamins added to them. By adopting good exercise habits, you can fortify your body against illness. And fortifying needn't always be physical. An author's reputation may be fortified by the success of his new book, or a prosecutor can fortify a case against a suspect by finding more evidence.

Origin and Etymology of fortify

Middle English fortifien, from Anglo-French fortifier, from Late Latin fortificare, from Latin fortis strong


First Known Use: 15th century


FORTIFY Defined for Kids

fortify

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verb for·ti·fy \ˈfȯr-tə-ˌfī\

Definition of fortify for Students

fortified

fortifying

  1. 1 :  to make strong <Walls fortified the city against attack.> <Calcium fortifies bones.>

  2. 2 :  to add material to (something) to strengthen or improve it <The cereal was fortified with vitamins.>





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