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Meaning of FORTIFY

Pronunciation:  'fortu`fI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make strong or stronger; "This exercise will strengthen your upper body"; "strenghten the relations between the two countries"
  2. [v]  add alcohol beverages
  3. [v]  add nutrients to; as of foods; "fortified milk"
  4. [v]  prepare oneselg for a military confrontation; "The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East"
  5. [v]  enclose by or as if by a fortification

FORTIFY is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: arm, beef up, build up, fort, gird, lace, spike, strengthen
 Antonyms: demilitarise, demilitarize, disarm, weaken
 See Also: add, alter, batten, batten down, brace, brace up, buttress, change, confirm, enclose, forearm, inclose, rearm, re-arm, reenforce, reinforce, restrengthen, ruggedise, ruggedize, secure, shut in, stabilise, stabilize, steady, substantiate, trench, undergird, vitalise, vitalize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 to resist attack.
             Timidity was fortified by pride.      --Gibbon.
             Pride came to the aid of fancy, and both combined to
             fortify his resolution.               --Sir W.
    2. To strengthen and secure by forts or batteries, or by
       surrounding with a wall or ditch or other military works;
       to render defensible against an attack by hostile forces.
  2. \For"ti*fy\, v. i.
    To raise defensive works. --Milton.
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