Definition of Fortify in English :

Define Fortify in English

Fortify meaning in English

Meaning of Fortify in English

Pronunciation of Fortify in English

Fortify pronunciation in English

Pronounce Fortify in English


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1. beef up, fortify, strengthen

make strong or stronger

Example Sentences:
'This exercise will strengthen your upper body'
'strengthen the relations between the two countries'

2. fort, fortify

enclose by or as if by a fortification

3. arm, build up, fortify, gird

prepare oneself for a military confrontation

Example Sentences:
'The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East'
'troops are building up on the Iraqi border'

4. fortify

add nutrients to

Example Sentences:
'fortified milk'

5. fortify, lace, spike

add alcohol to (beverages)

Example Sentences:
'the punch is spiked!'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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verb -fies, -fying or -fied (mainly tr)
1. (also intr)
to make (a place) defensible, as by building walls, digging trenches, etc
to strengthen physically, mentally, or morally
to strengthen, support, or reinforce (a garment, structure, etc)
to add spirits or alcohol to (wine), in order to produce sherry, port, etc
to increase the nutritious value of (a food), as by adding vitamins and minerals
to support or confirm
to fortify an argument with facts

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verb transitiveWord forms: ˈfortiˌfied or ˈfortiˌfying
to make strong or stronger; strengthen physically, emotionally, etc.
to strengthen against attack, as by building or furnishing with forts, walls, etc.
to support; corroborate
to fortify an argument with statistics
to strengthen (wine, etc.) by adding alcohol
to add vitamins, minerals, etc. to (milk, etc.) so as to increase the food value; enrich
verb intransitive
to build military defenses

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


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v. for·ti·fied, for·ti·fy·ing, for·ti·fies
v. tr.
1. To make strong, as:
a. To strengthen and secure (a position) with fortifications.
b. To reinforce by adding material: fortified the riverbank against erosion.
c. To impart physical strength or endurance to; invigorate: felt fortified by a good night's sleep.
d. To give emotional, moral, or mental strength to; encourage: Prayer fortified us during our crisis.
2. To enrich (food, for example), as by adding vitamins.
v. intr.
To build fortifications.

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