strength·​en | \ ˈstreŋ(k)-thən How to pronounce strengthen (audio) , ˈstren(t)- \
strengthened; strengthening\ ˈstreŋ(k)th-​niŋ How to pronounce strengthening (audio) , ˈstren(t)th-​ ; ˈstreŋ(k)-​thə-​ , ˈstren(t)-​ \

Definition of strengthen

transitive verb

: to make stronger

intransitive verb

: to become stronger

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Other Words from strengthen

strengthener \ ˈstreŋ(k)th-​nər How to pronounce strengthener (audio) , ˈstren(t)th-​ ; ˈstreŋ(k)-​thə-​ , ˈstren(t)-​ \ noun

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Examples of strengthen in a Sentence

These exercises will strengthen your stomach muscles. He takes herbs to strengthen his immune system. The development of new electronic products has strengthened the company's position as the leader in digital technology. Holidays often serve to strengthen bonds between family members. Their financial situation strengthened her determination to find a new career. The team has been strengthened by the addition of several new players. The winds are expected to strengthen. The economy is slowly strengthening. The Canadian dollar is strengthening against the U.S. dollar. The trade restrictions will strengthen the pound.
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Recent Examples on the Web But in November, the university’s conservative parent organization threw the local operation a $4 million lifeline and took a series of other steps to strengthen the school’s balance sheet. oregonlive, "Did Concordia get shut down because it was too progressive on gay rights?," 14 Feb. 2020 Hopkins streamlined Sony’s TV operation and took steps to strengthen the company’s international channels business. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, "Amazon taps Hollywood veteran Mike Hopkins to bolster studio and Prime Video," 10 Feb. 2020 Of course, disco invincibility has its benefits: for some queens, the art of drag serves as a shield, protecting and strengthening them in a society that fails the community. Eleanor Forrest, Billboard, "What Drag Queen Music Collaborator GESS Thinks About the Genre's Future," 6 Feb. 2020 Work on your glutes Your butt muscles also get a workout on the ski slopes, so strengthening them will greatly improve your form and reduce your risk of injury. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "5 exercises that will prep your body for a ski trip," 18 Jan. 2020 It’s been widely imagined to strengthen the case against the incredible pressures a magnum must produce. Outdoor Life, "The Best Big Bore Rifles For Your First African Safari: .375 H&H vs. .416 Rem. Mag. vs. .458 Win. Mag," 3 Jan. 2020 Inexplicably, the Colorado legislature failed to strengthen the state’s laws on vaccination. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: 2019 wasn’t the best or worst of times," 26 Dec. 2019 Recently, Reliance acquired fashion e-commerce app Fynd, to strengthen its position in the online retail segment. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Investors in wannabe super apps must remember that India is not China," 25 Dec. 2019 The Young Turks who now ruled the Ottoman Empire wanted to strengthen it, spooking its Balkan neighbors. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Why the Ottoman Empire rose and fell," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of strengthen

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of strengthen was in the 15th century

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17 Feb 2020

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“Strengthen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of strengthen

: to make (someone or something) stronger, more forceful, more effective, etc.
: to become stronger, more forceful, more effective, etc.
of money : to increase in value when compared to money from other countries


strength·​en | \ ˈstreŋ-thən How to pronounce strengthen (audio) \
strengthened; strengthening

Kids Definition of strengthen

: to make, grow, or become stronger or more powerful Exercises will strengthen your muscles.

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