Definitions for strengthenˈstrɛŋk θən, ˈstrɛŋ-, ˈstrɛn-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

strength•enˈstrɛŋk θən, ˈstrɛŋ-, ˈstrɛn-(v.t.)

  1. to make stronger; give strength to.

  2. (v.i.)to grow stronger.

Origin of strengthen:

1250–1300

strength′en•ing•ly(adv.)

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. strengthen(verb)

    gain strength

    "His body strengthened"

  3. tone, tone up, strengthen(verb)

    give a healthy elasticity to

    "Let's tone our muscles"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. strengthen(verb)ˈstrɛŋk θən, ˈstrɛŋ-, ˈstrɛn-

    to become or make stronger

    I'm trying to strengthen my upper body.; The problems she's had have strengthened her faith.; moves to strengthen the economy; Their love had begun to strengthen.

Wiktionary

  1. strengthen(Verb)

    To make strong or stronger; to add strength to; to increase the strength of; to fortify; to reinforce.

  2. strengthen(Verb)

    To animate; to give moral strength to; to encourage; to fix in resolution; to hearten.

  3. strengthen(Verb)

    To augment; to improve; to intensify.

  4. strengthen(Verb)

    To grow strong or stronger.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strengthen(verb)

    to make strong or stronger; to add strength to; as, to strengthen a limb, a bridge, an army; to strengthen an obligation; to strengthen authority

  2. Strengthen(verb)

    to animate; to encourage; to fix in resolution

  3. Strengthen(verb)

    to grow strong or stronger

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'strengthen' in Verbs Frequency: #572


Translations for strengthen

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

strengthen(verb)

to make or become strong or stronger

He did exercises to strengthen his muscles; The wind strengthened.

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