fortify

verb
for·​ti·​fy | \ ˈfȯr-tə-ˌfī \
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 \ 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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Over the next few weeks, fortify your exquisite tastes by taking trips to art galleries, going on wine-tasting excursions, or having a few indulgent shopping sprees. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Libra Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 The land fortifies us, makes us strong, and the deep scarlet dust clings to our bodies like mist on the nearby mountains. Latria Graham, Outside Online, "We're Here. You Just Don't See Us.," 10 Apr. 2018 In October 2016, first lady Michelle Obama fortified her cherished White House garden with cement, stone, and steel. Josh Blackman, National Review, "A Ludicrous Ruling That Trump Can’t End DACA," 10 Jan. 2018 Families have received extra materials to fortify their shelters. Kristen Gelineau, The Seattle Times, "Nowhere to run: Rohingya hunker down as monsoon season arrives," 17 July 2018 From Poplar Beach, the Half Moon Bay Coast Trail heads about 5 miles north to Pillar Point Harbor; fortify yourself with ice cream, a hearty meal or a cold beer from the unabashedly old-timey Ketch Joanne / Harbor Bar complex. Jeanne Cooper, SFChronicle.com, "Suite Spot: Cameron’s Inn, Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018 Right to Life of Michigan was disappointed by the news Thursday, saying the language in the new budget would have fortified a law that's been on the books since 2002, but hasn't been fully enforced. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Planned Parenthood keeps Title X funding in new Michigan budget," 22 June 2018 Most people aren't at a loss for ideas on how to spend a cash windfall. With bills to pay, savings accounts to fortify and even the most modest of vacations to plan, the dilemma is deciding what to drop from the list. cleveland.com, "5 great ways to invest your tax refund (NerdWallet)," 27 Apr. 2018 The Boston University endocrinologist, who perhaps more than anyone else is responsible for creating a billion-dollar vitamin D sales and testing juggernaut, elevates his own levels of the stuff with supplements and fortified milk. Liz Szabo, The Seattle Times, "The man who sold America on vitamin D — and profited in the process," 20 Aug. 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 \
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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