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strengthen

verb

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1 to increase the ability of (as a muscle) to exert physical force
  • lifting weights every day will eventually strengthen your muscles
  • the army makes new recruits run for miles in order to strengthen them

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2 to make able to withstand physical hardship, strain, or exposure
  • required weeks of physical therapy to strengthen his arm enough to pitch for the team again

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3 to make markedly greater in measure or degree
  • encouraged the boarding school students to strengthen their ties with the community by doing public service

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4 to prepare (oneself) mentally or emotionally
  • strengthened herself for the moment she'd have to tell her friend that she had lost the borrowed necklace

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5 to make more harsh, uncompromising, or severe
  • a bill was introduced to strengthen punishments for hate crimes

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

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“Strengthen.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/strengthen. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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