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
Preserving nature To combat climate change, ocean dunes have to be restored and fortified with vegetation to protect against coastal flooding, the plan says.
Hornaday fortifies her observations with comments from film professionals — writers, actors, directors —
Roberson, 18, a graduate of University Academy charter school, wants precollege experience in office management to fortify her plans to open a physical therapy clinic someday.
The Islamic State has fortified these areas, digging trenches and clogging streets with earthen berms in an attempt to delay Iraq’s final push.
Lice have thus been able to readily evolve resistance to them, by co-opting mutations that fortified them against DDT.
His forces have managed to secure most of the city, except for pockets of a seaside neighborhood, heavily fortified and surrounded by fields of land mines.
For your face, choose a product that soothes and fortifies your skin’s natural moisture levels.
To start, fortify yourself with a double espresso at Caffe Reggio in the West Village.
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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 century
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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