fortify

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 Bahrain.

Derived words:
fortified ADJ-GRADED

He remains barricaded inside his heavily-fortified mansion.

...fortified castles and villages.

2) VERB: usu passive If food or drink is fortified, another substance is added to it to make it healthier or stronger.

[be V-ed with n] It has also been fortified with vitamin C...

[V-ed] All sherry is made from wine fortified with brandy.

[V-ed] ...fortified cereal products.

Derived words:
fortification N-UNCOUNT

In some countries, iron fortification of foods is carried out to reduce iron deficiency.

3) VERB If you are fortified by something such as food, drink, or an idea, it makes you feel more cheerful, determined, or energetic.

[be V-ed] The volunteers were fortified by their patriotic belief...

[V n] They will be laying on liquid refreshment to fortify brides-to-be for the shopping extravaganza ahead...

[V pron-refl] Would you care for some tea, or even a light meal, to fortify yourself before your adventure?...

[V-ed] They drove on fortified with still more Scotch.

Syn:
4) VERB To fortify something means to make it more powerful and more likely to succeed. [FORMAL]

[V n] His declared agenda is to raise standards in schools, fortify parent power and decentralise control.

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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)) +… …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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 …   English World dictionary

  • Fortify — For ti*fy, v. i. To raise defensive works. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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,… …   Law dictionary

  • 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 …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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 …   English terms dictionary

  • 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… …   Universalium

  • 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… …   English dictionary

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