Definition of Fortify

1. Verb. Make strong or stronger. "Strengthen the relations between the two countries"

2. Verb. Enclose by or as if by a fortification.
Exact synonyms: Fort
Generic synonyms: Close In, Enclose, Inclose, Shut In
Specialized synonyms: Trench, Embattle
Derivative terms: Fort, Fort, Fort, Fortification

3. Verb. Prepare oneself for a military confrontation. "Troops are building up on the Iraqi border"
Exact synonyms: Arm, Build Up, Gird
Specialized synonyms: Re-arm, Rearm, Forearm
Derivative terms: Arm, Armament, Armor, Fort, Fortification
Antonyms: Disarm

4. Verb. Add nutrients to. "Fortified milk"
Category relationships: Cookery, Cooking, Preparation
Generic synonyms: Add
Derivative terms: Fortification

5. Verb. Add alcohol to (beverages). "The punch is spiked!"
Exact synonyms: Lace, Spike
Category relationships: Cookery, Cooking, Preparation
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Fortification, Lacing

Definition of Fortify

1. v. t. To add strength to; to strengthen; to confirm; to furnish with power to resist attack.

2. v. i. To raise defensive works.

Definition of Fortify

1. Verb. To increase the defenses of. ¹

2. Verb. To impart strength or vigor to. ¹

3. Verb. To increase the effectiveness of, as by additional ingredients. ¹

4. Verb. To strengthen mentally or morally. ¹

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Definition of Fortify

1. to strengthen against attack [v -FIED, -FYING, -FIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fortify

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Literary usage of Fortify

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1. Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (1895)
"... philters,1 exorcisms,2 amulets,3 and I know not what preparations to fortify the body against the plague, as if the plague was not the hand of God, ..."

2. A Philosophical and Political History of the Settlements and Trade of the by Raynal (Guillaume-Thomas-François), John Obadiah Justamond (1788)
"... their being al- cape-Bre- lowed to people and fortify it. They faw no /iC/biuh other method of excluding them from the cod- ..."

3. The History of Sicily from the Earliest Times by Edward Augustus Freeman (1892)
"The place of their work fortify the ig described with some care. " They began to fortify the above the marsh, which on this side of ..."

4. The Canada Law Journal by Law Society of Upper Canada, William S. Hein & Company, Canadian Bar Association (1916)
"We have not protested against the American claim to fortify the entrances to the Panama Canal, because in the present weakness of treaty sanctions we ..."

5. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1902)
"... an the commander of the faithful extended his sceptre to the inc he»fortify placable enemy of the Greeks. ..."

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