strengthen

verb strength·en \ ˈstreŋ(k)-thən , ˈstren(t)- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of strengthen

strengthened; strengthening play \ˈstreŋ(k)th-niŋ, ˈstren(t)th-; ˈstreŋ(k)-thə-, ˈstren(t)-\
transitive verb
:to make stronger
intransitive verb
:to become stronger

strengthener

play \ˈstreŋ(k)th-nər, ˈstren(t)th-; ˈstreŋ(k)-thə-, ˈstren(t)-\ noun

Examples of strengthen in a Sentence

  1. These exercises will strengthen your stomach muscles.

  2. He takes herbs to strengthen his immune system.

  3. The development of new electronic products has strengthened the company's position as the leader in digital technology.

  4. Holidays often serve to strengthen bonds between family members.

  5. Their financial situation strengthened her determination to find a new career.

  6. The team has been strengthened by the addition of several new players.

  7. The winds are expected to strengthen.

  8. The economy is slowly strengthening.

  9. The Canadian dollar is strengthening against the U.S. dollar.

  10. The trade restrictions will strengthen the pound.

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First Known Use of strengthen

15th century


STRENGTHEN Defined for English Language Learners

strengthen

verb

Definition of strengthen for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

strengthen

verb strength·en \ ˈstreŋ-thən \

Definition of strengthen for Students

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


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