strengthen

verb
strength·​en | \ ˈstreŋ(k)-thən How to pronounce strengthen (audio) , ˈstren(t)- \
strengthened; strengthening\ ˈstreŋ(k)th-​niŋ How to pronounce strengthen (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 strengthen (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 The best way to treat it is temporarily wearing an eye patch over the strong eye to help strengthen the weak eye. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 17 July 2021 Olay has created the Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 moisturizer to help strengthen and plump the skin. Emerald Elitou, Essence, 9 July 2021 The Patriots this offseason added free agents Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne to help strengthen their wide receiver unit. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 The Knight Foundation’s $5 million investment in the university includes $500,000 for the Knight Chair to help strengthen journalism teaching across HBCUs. Allie Yang, ABC News, 8 July 2021 Once the initial pain has subsided, physical therapy may be useful to regain movement in the affected area and help strengthen your back muscles to prevent further injuries. Sarah Jacob, SELF, 1 July 2021 Their goals are to help strengthen the educational health, cultural, civic, political and economic power of the LGBTQ+ Latinx communities. Diane López Olea, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 June 2021 Establishing a CryptoCoE can help strengthen your crypto strategy and safeguard your business. Anudeep Parhar, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Neiman Marcus said that the acquisition is part of a three-year plan to invest more than $500 million to help strengthen its digital business, which also includes shifting its warehouse operations from Irving to Dallas’ Pinnacle Park. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, 15 June 2021

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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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25 Jul 2021

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“Strengthen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strengthen. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for strengthen

strengthen

verb

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

strengthen

verb
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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