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strengthen

strength·en

strengthen

 
 
pronunciation:
strengk thn [or] streng thn [or] stren thn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: strengthened, strengthening, strengthens
definition: to make stronger.
These exercises will help you strengthen those muscles.
 
synonyms:
fortify, heighten, intensify, nourish, reinforce, substantiate
antonyms:
atrophy, attenuate, decrease, demolish, devitalize, dilute, diminish, enfeeble, shake, undermine, weaken
similar words:
arm, brace, build, buttress, consolidate, develop, feed, stay
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become stronger.
His will to succeed strengthened each day.
similar words:
build, develop, intensify
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derivation: strengthener (n.)
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