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strengthen

strength·en

strengthen

 
pronunciation:
strengk thn [or] streng thn [or] stren thn
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part of speech: verb
inflections: strengthened, strengthening, strengthens
definition: to make or grow strong or stronger.
Those muscles will strengthen if you do these exercises every day.You can strengthen your team by working together more closely.
 
synonyms:
fortify, heighten, intensify, nourish, reinforce
antonyms:
decrease, diminish, weaken
similar words:
arm, brace, build, develop, feed
derivation: strengthener (n.)
Word Parts
The word strengthen contains the following part:
-en1 Old English verb-forming suffix that means to cause to be or become or have
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The suffix -en1 forms verbs from monosyllabic English adjectives.