What does fortify mean?

Definitions for fortifyˈfɔr təˌfaɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fortify.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. strengthen, beef up, fortify(verb)

    make strong or stronger

    "This exercise will strengthen your upper body"; "strengthen the relations between the two countries"

  2. fortify, fort(verb)

    enclose by or as if by a fortification

  3. arm, build up, fortify, gird(verb)

    prepare oneself for a military confrontation

    "The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East"; "troops are building up on the Iraqi border"

  4. fortify(verb)

    add nutrients to

    "fortified milk"

  5. spike, lace, fortify(verb)

    add alcohol to (beverages)

    "the punch is spiked!"


  1. fortify(Verb)

    To increase the defenses of.

  2. fortify(Verb)

    To impart strength or vigor to.

  3. fortify(Verb)

    To increase the effectiveness of, as by additional ingredients.

  4. fortify(Verb)

    To strengthen mentally or morally.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fortify(verb)

    to add strength to; to strengthen; to confirm; to furnish with power to resist attack

  2. Fortify(verb)

    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

  3. Fortify(verb)

    to raise defensive works

  4. Origin: [F. fortifier, L. fortificare; fortis strong + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Fort, and -fy.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fortify

    for′ti-fī, v.t. to strengthen against attack with forts, &c.: to invigorate: to confirm:—pa.p. for′tifīed.adj. Fortifī′able.—ns. Fortificā′tion, the art of strengthening a military position by means of defensive works: the work so constructed: that which fortifies; For′tifier. [Fr. fortifier—Low L. fortificārefortis, strong, facĕre, to make.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fortify in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fortify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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