Definition of fortify
: to make strong: such asa : to strengthen and secure (a place, such as a town) by forts or batteries a city fortified by high wallsb : to give physical strength, courage, or endurance to fortified by a hearty mealc : to add mental or moral strength to : encourage fortified by prayer fortified by early successesd : to add material to for strengthening or enriching fortified milk
: to erect fortifications
fortifierplay \ˈfȯr-tə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun
Examples of fortify in a Sentence
fortify a city against attack
a city fortified by high walls
Support for his theories has been fortified by the results of these experiments.
He took a deep breath to fortify himself before stepping onto the stage.
milk fortified with vitamin D
Recent Examples of fortify from the Web
Still, whatever Sasse’s motivation, a modest bill fortifying the private market is the only thing that could get eight Democratic votes.
The Islamic State militants fortified their positions, booby-trapping the 2,500 meters (yards) long Old City wall — or the Rafiqah Wall — to protect their de facto capital.
This laid the foundation for today's inequitable power structure that's been fortified over hundreds of years, through nuanced laws that criminalize black people at a higher rate than any other demographic in America.
The NBA East, lately terrible, just saw two of its members fortify themselves.
The proposal would also raise the markup for wholesale sales on liquor and fortified wine from 30 percent to 35 percent.
It is usually fortified with vitamins and minerals.
To help this one foam like real milk for lattes and cortados, Oatly fortifies the beverage with rapeseed oil, which adds fat without the need for stabilizers.
IS has been fortifying its positions in Raqqa for months, setting up barriers and hanging sheets of cloth over main streets to provide cover from warplanes.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
FORTIFY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fortify for English Language Learners
: 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
FORTIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of fortify for Students
1 : to make strong Walls fortified the city against attack. Calcium fortifies bones.
2 : to add material to (something) to strengthen or improve it The cereal was fortified with vitamins.
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