What does strengthen mean?

Definitions for strengthenˈstrɛŋk θən, ˈstrɛŋ-, ˈstrɛn-

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

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"


  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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of strengthen in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of strengthen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Seneca:

    Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labour the body.

  2. Amos Bronson Alcott:

    Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.

  3. I Ching:

    The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby.

  4. Henry Hitt Crane:

    Each of us should do something every day That we do not want to do But we know we should do, To strengthen our backbone And put iron in our soul.

  5. American Lung Association:

    EPA’s proposal to strengthen the standard is a vital step forward in the fight to protect all Americans from the dangers of breathing ozone pollution.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • posílitCzech
  • stärken, bestärken, verstärkenGerman
  • ενισχύωGreek
  • plifortigiEsperanto
  • fortalecer, animarSpanish
  • voimistaa, innostaa, voimistua, vahvistua, vahvistaaFinnish
  • renforcer, raffermir, fortifier, affermirFrench
  • megerősít, megerősödikHungarian
  • զորացնել, ուժեղացնելArmenian
  • rinforzarsi, rinforzareItalian
  • 強い, 強めるJapanese
  • argo, firmor, firmo, animo, corrōborōLatin
  • whakakahaMāori
  • tot leven wekken, versterken, kracht geven, bezielenDutch
  • wzmacniać, stawać się coraz silniejszymPolish
  • fortalecer, reforçarPortuguese
  • усилить, усиливатьRussian
  • ojàčati, оја̀чати, potàknuti, osokòlitiSerbo-Croatian
  • förstärka, stärkaSwedish

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