fortify

  • 1 Fortify — For ti*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fortified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fortifying}.] [F. fortifier, L. fortificare; fortis strong + ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Fort}, and { fy}.] 1. To add strength to; to strengthen; to confirm; to furnish with power… …

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  • 2 fortify — early 15c., increase efficacy (of medicine); mid 15c., provide (a town) with walls and defenses, from O.Fr. fortifiier (14c.) to fortify, strengthen, from L.L. fortificare to strengthen, make strong, from L. fortis strong (see FORT (Cf. fort)) +… …

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  • 3 fortify — [v1] make strong and secure; add to brace, build up, bulwark, buttress, charge up, consolidate, embattle, entrench, garrison, gird, prepare, prop, protect, punch up*, ready, reinforce, secure, shore up*, soup up*, steel*, step up, strengthen,… …

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  • 4 fortify — [fôrt′ə fī΄] vt. fortified, fortifying [ME fortifien < OFr fortifier < LL fortificare < L fortis, strong (see FORT1) + facere, to make, DO1] 1. to make strong or stronger; strengthen physically, emotionally, etc. 2. to strengthen against …

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  • 5 Fortify — For ti*fy, v. i. To raise defensive works. Milton. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 fortify — I verb assure, augment, authenticate, bolster, brace, buoy, buttress, cheer, confirm, comfort, document, embolden, encourage, endue, entrench, harden, hearten, help, inspirit, invigorate, make safe, nurture, protect, prop, ratify, reaffirm,… …

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  • 7 fortify — *strengthen, invigorate, energize, reinforce Analogous words: rally, *stir, arouse, rouse: stimulate, quicken (see PROVOKE): *renew, restore, refresh Antonyms: enfeeble Contrasted words: *weaken, debilitate: enervate, emasculate (see …

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  • 8 fortify — ► VERB (fortifies, fortified) 1) provide with defensive works as protection against attack. 2) invigorate or encourage. 3) add spirits to (wine) to make port, sherry, etc. 4) increase the nutritive value of (food) by adding vitamins. DERIVATIVES …

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  • 9 fortify — [[t]fɔ͟ː(r)tɪfaɪ[/t]] fortifies, fortifying, fortified 1) VERB To fortify a place means to make it stronger and more difficult to attack, often by building a wall or ditch round it. [V n] ...British soldiers working to fortify an airbase in… …

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  • 10 fortify — fortifiable, adj. fortifier, n. fortifyingly, adv. /fawr teuh fuy /, v., fortified, fortifying. v.t. 1. to protect or strengthen against attack; surround or provide with defensive military works. 2. to furnish with a means of resisting force or… …

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  • 11 fortify — UK [ˈfɔː(r)tɪfaɪ] / US [ˈfɔrtɪˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms fortify : present tense I/you/we/they fortify he/she/it fortifies present participle fortifying past tense fortified past participle fortified 1) to protect a place against attack… …

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  • 12 fortify — v. 1)(D; tr.) to fortify against 2)(D; refl., tr.) to fortify with (he fortified himself with a shot of whiskey) * * * [ fɔːtɪfaɪ] (D;tr.) to fortifyagainst (D;refl.,tr.) to fortify with (he fortifyied himself with a shot of whiskey) …

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  • 13 fortify — for•ti•fy [[t]ˈfɔr təˌfaɪ[/t]] v. fied, fy•ing 1) mil to increase the defenses of: to fortify a besieged town[/ex] 2) to furnish with a means of standing strain or wear: to fortify cotton with nylon[/ex] 3) to impart strength or vigor to 4) to… …

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  • 14 fortify — for|ti|fy [ˈfo:tıfaı US ˈfo:r ] v past tense and past participle fortified present participle fortifying third person singular fortifies [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : French; Origin: fortifier, from Latin fortis strong ] 1.) to build towers, walls etc… …

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  • 15 fortify — for|ti|fy [ fɔrtı,faı ] verb transitive 1. ) to protect a place against attack by building strong walls, towers, or other structures around it 2. ) FORMAL to make yourself or someone else feel more determined, powerful, or full of energy: They… …

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  • 16 fortify — verb (T) 1 to build towers, walls etc around an area or city in order to defend it: a fortified city 2 to encourage an attitude or feeling and make it stronger: Recent successes had fortified the team spirit. 3 (often passive) to make someone… …

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  • 17 fortify — verb 1) measures to fortify the building Syn: strengthen, secure, barricade, protect 2) I ll have a drink to fortify me Syn: invigorate, strengthen, energize, enliven, animate, vitalize; informal pep …

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  • 18 fortify — verb Fortify is used with these nouns as the object: ↑castle …

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  • 19 fortify — verb 1) the knights fortified their citadel Syn: build defenses around, strengthen, secure, protect Ant: weaken, expose 2) the wall had been fortified Syn: strengthen, reinforce …

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  • 20 fortify — verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Middle English fortifien, from Anglo French fortifier, from Late Latin fortificare, from Latin fortis strong Date: 15th century transitive verb to make strong: as a. to strengthen and secure (as a town) by forts or… …

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