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fortify

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of fortify

  1. 1 to prepare (oneself) mentally or emotionally <Kelly fortified herself for the basketball tournament with a series of confidence-boosting exercises> Synonyms brace, forearm, nerve, poise, psych (up), ready, steel, strengthen Related Words arm; harden, inure, season, toughen; bolster, boost, buoy (up), buttress, enforce, prop (up), reinforce (also reenforce), support, sustain; cheer (up), comfort, embolden, encourage, hearten, inspire; rally, rouse, stir Near Antonyms daunt, demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dispirit, psych (out), shake, unnerve; debilitate, enervate, enfeeble, prostrate, sap, soften, tire, undercut, undermine, weaken

  2. 2 to increase the ability of (as a muscle) to exert physical force <he downed another granola bar to fortify himself for the rest of the bike ride> Synonyms beef (up), strengthen, harden, toughenRelated Words anneal, temper; firm (up), tone (up); energize, invigorate, vitalize; restrengthenNear Antonyms cripple, incapacitate, paralyze; damage, harm, hurt, impair, injure; break down, wear out; sap, undercut, undermineAntonyms debilitate, enervate, enfeeble, weaken

  3. 3 to make able to withstand physical hardship, strain, or exposure <bought lots of warm clothing to fortify ourselves against the cold> Synonyms harden, indurate, inure, season, steel, strengthen, toughenRelated Words acclimate, acclimatize, adapt, adjust; anneal, temper; invigorate, vitalize; immunize; bolster, boost, brace, buttress, enforce, forearm, prop (up), reinforce (also reenforce), support; break in, limber (up), train; accustom, condition, habituate, naturalizeNear Antonyms emasculate, enervate, enfeeble, exhaust, sap, weaken; cripple, debilitate, hamstring, incapacitate; sensitizeAntonyms soften





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