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 Sudan will permit non-Muslims to consume alcohol and will strengthen women’s rights, including banning female genital mutilation (FGM), its justice minister said in a reversal of almost four decades of hard-line Islamist policies. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 12, 2020," 12 July 2020 But with Ingram needing offseason surgery to remove a rib and strengthen his back muscles, the Pelicans declined to give him an extension. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Why Pelicans' Brandon Ingram will play in resumed NBA season despite pending free agency," 7 July 2020 When neighbors need assistance, other neighbors deliver aid, and in the process strengthen ties that show why hyperlocal connections matter. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Tricia Wang thinks the future will be hyperlocal," 30 June 2020 Climate change is also predicted to strengthen certain wind patterns around Antarctica, for instance. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Declining Antarctic Sea Ice Could Disrupt a Major Carbon Sink," 24 June 2020 Dave Scullin, president and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas, said one of the best ways to strengthen the area’s education ecosystem was to elevate the voice of educators, and build public awareness around what is happening locally. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Behind philanthropic funding, Dallas Morning News to launch Education Lab, expanding education coverage," 19 June 2020 The third big legislative change would strengthen the Student and Exchange Visitor Program by requiring the State Department’s exchange sponsors to put safeguards in place to stop unauthorized access to sensitive technologies. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "'Just scratching the surface': Rob Portman bill aims to expose and prevent Chinese theft of US research," 18 June 2020 The economic plan will strengthen collective bargaining rights and raise the corporate tax cuts instituted by Congress under President Trump from 21% to 28% to fund investments. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "Everything we just learned about how Joe Biden would run the economy," 9 July 2020 By working to strengthen his lower half, driving more with his hips, what was once a violent, unconstrained delivery has eased up. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "IU baseball recruit hits mid 90s with fastball, so pros are watching," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of strengthen

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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5 Aug 2020

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“Strengthen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 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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