fortify

verb
for·​ti·​fy | \ ˈfȯr-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce fortify (audio) \
fortified; fortifying

Definition of fortify

transitive verb

: to make strong: such as
a : to strengthen and secure (a place, such as a town) by forts or batteries a city fortified by high walls
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 fortified by early successes
d : to add material to for strengthening or enriching fortified milk

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Other Words from fortify

fortifier \ ˈfȯr-​tə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce fortifier (audio) \ noun

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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.

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
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This comes on the heels of Congress’s refusal to accede to Mr. Trump’s demands for further funds to fortify the U.S.-Mexico border and the Senate’s December vote to end U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia’s operations in Yemen. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Trump’s Foreign-Policy Critics Are Losing," 4 Feb. 2019 Stock was called up along with Kazuhisa Makita on Sunday to help fortify the Padres’ depleted bullpen. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: Margot back on top; Renfroe tumbles; Hedges returns," 24 June 2018 But altruism that isn’t fortified by rigor or metrics can lead to disastrous results. Abigail Higgins, Vox, "How the “white-savior industrial complex” failed Liberia’s girls," 24 Oct. 2018 The hotel restaurant planned to stay open Tuesday evening as usual, fortified by sandbags to keep out torrential rains, the manager said. Kevin Mcgill, The Seattle Times, "Gordon slams Gulf Coast with tropical-force winds, rain," 4 Sep. 2018 Determined to fortify Arlington Heights’ reputation as an entertainment destination, village officials took another step closer this week in their effort to attract microbreweries to town. Karen Ann Cullotta, chicagotribune.com, "Arlington Heights looks to attract microbreweries with new license," 3 Apr. 2018 Jousse hosts a stylish picnic on quiet Gouverneur Beach where notable resident Roman Abramovich is re-fortifying the dunes with hundreds of new plants. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where We Went This Weekend: Toronto, Denver and St. Barts," 18 June 2018 Tuesday, the bridge was well-fortified against the Little Calumet River, which had about 18 inches before reaching the bottom of the bridge. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Communities in Northwest Indiana watch rivers as heavy rains, warm temps bring flooding," 20 Feb. 2018 Two weeks later, Longjaw couldn't find his Thunderbird, a citrus wine fortified with brandy that often sold for a dollar or two a bottle. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Oregon failed to protect public from killer found 'guilty except for insanity'," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of fortify

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for fortify

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

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fortify

verb

English Language Learners 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

fortify

verb
for·​ti·​fy | \ ˈfȯr-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce fortify (audio) \
fortified; fortifying

Kids Definition of fortify

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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