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fortify

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Definition to make stronger
in various senses, including:
  • to add defensive fortifications to a site to withstand attack — as in "fortify the camp"
  • to make a structure or organization stronger — as in "fortify the wall"
  • to inspire emotional and mental strength — as in "fortify her spirits"
  • to strengthen an argument — as in "fortify our argument"
  • to add nutrients to increase the healthfulness — as in "bread fortified with folic acid and iron"
  • to add alcohol to make a drink stronger and/or less prone to spoiling — as in "port, sherry, madeira, and other fortified wines"
  • the fortified border between North and South Korea
  • fortify the levees to withstand more rain
  • fortified milk
  • ...the surest means will be to endeavour to fortify him against temptation, not to remove it out of his way.
    Anne Bronte  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • But the inhabitants are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large.
    Num 13:28 (NET)
  • calculated to rouse and fortify the mind
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • And fortify it strongly 'gainst the French;
    Shakespeare  --  King Henry V
  • Burg, fortified place, stronghold, mount, barrow; protection; protector; family (163 [2886]).
    Unknown  --  Beowulf
  • Reflect: we are well equipped, well fortified, we number 54.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • He wasn't really paying attention to it, but his hands had constructed a three-story compound with fortified walls, a moat, and a drawbridge.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • There would remain nobody for him to be proud of, nobody to fortify him; for Elizabeth-Jane would soon be but as a stranger, and worse.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • So now they began to labour hard in fortifying the main entrance, and in remaking the road that led from it.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • This occasioned the leader to draw up his men in line with Tom's fortification.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • They're fortified with vitamins!"
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • Fortified by his good time at the Pickwells', Maniac returned to the McNabs'.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • Some, among the number Notre-Dame, were fortified.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • And thus fortified, as I supposed, on every side, I began to profit by the strange immunities of my position.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • They say they've fortified the graben villages to the point where you cannot harm them.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • But the fortification isn't ready yet.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • With little food, energy, hot cups of tea, or fortifying doses of herbs, no one had the strength to fight these nuisances.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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