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fortify

for·ti·fy

fortify

 
pronunciation:
for tih faI
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: fortified, fortifies, fortifying
definition 1: to provide with fortifications, as against military attack.
The structure was fortified with thick stone walls.The castle was fortified with heavy canon.
synonyms:
reinforce
similar words:
arm, armor, bulwark, circumvallate, rampart, secure, shore, strengthen
definition 2: to provide additional strength, resistance, or energy to; reinforce or invigorate.
The concrete is fortified with steel.The hearty soup fortified the patients.
synonyms:
brace, enrich, harden, invigorate, reinforce, strengthen, substantiate
antonyms:
enfeeble, shake
similar words:
amplify, arm, augment, build up, buttress, energize, indurate, revive, steel, stiffen, supplement, sustain
definition 3: to encourage or strengthen mentally or morally.
Fortified by their discovery, the researchers increased their pace.Early morning meditation fortifies me.
synonyms:
brace, embolden, encourage, hearten, sustain
antonyms:
humble
similar words:
buoy, nerve, reinforce, strengthen, support
definition 4: to lend support to; confirm.
This new evidence fortified their theory.
synonyms:
back up, buttress, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, sustain, validate
similar words:
authenticate, reinforce, verify
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to build defensive structures or fortifications.
derivations: fortifiable (adj.), fortifyingly (adv.), fortifier (n.)