What does fortify mean?

Definitions for fortify
ˈfɔr təˌfaɪfor·ti·fy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. strengthen, beef up, fortifyverb

    make strong or stronger

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

  2. fortify, fortverb

    enclose by or as if by a fortification

  3. arm, build up, fortify, girdverb

    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. fortifyverb

    add nutrients to

    "fortified milk"

  5. spike, lace, fortifyverb

    add alcohol to (beverages)

    "the punch is spiked!"


  1. fortifyverb

    To increase the defenses of.

  2. fortifyverb

    To impart strength or vigor to.

  3. fortifyverb

    To increase the effectiveness of, as by additional ingredients.

  4. fortifyverb

    To strengthen mentally or morally.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fortifyverb

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

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

  2. Fortifyverb

    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

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

  3. Fortifyverb

    to raise defensive works

    Etymology: [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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. fortify

    To strengthen and secure by forts, batteries, and other works of art; to render defensible against an attack by hostile forces, or capable of standing a siege.

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  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

Examples of fortify in a Sentence

  1. Gary Small:

    So it's clear that there is a connection between our minds and our bodies, and if we heal our minds, it will fortify our bodies.

  2. Kat Van Kirk:

    This means it can help fortify your overall health and be better on your stomach so you won’t feel sluggish during sex, she says. RELATED: Shirtless Nick Jonas Explains How He Got His New Buff Body 5. There's even a beer specifically engineered to enhance performance. 50 Shades of Green is basically like green juice and Viagra combined. It uses ginseng, ginkgo biloba and damiana to achieve increased sexual desire, blood flow and nerve stimulation.

  3. Li Ka-shing:

    It is within each and every nation's [ sovereign ] right to address its national security concerns, meanwhile, [ Hong Kong ] has the mission-critical task to fortify Hong Kong citizens' faith and maintain international trust in the constitutional principle of' One Country, Two Systems ','.

  4. Von Stetten:

    We need to stop the wave of refugees. Examining whether to fortify the borders should not be taboo.

  5. The White House:

    This response showcased American leadership at its finest on the world stage, just as we came together as a nation to fortify our domestic resilience in the face of understandable apprehension, to be sure, our tasks are far from complete ; we will keep working to meet this challenge until there are zero cases in West Africa 10 months ago and our domestic infrastructure is fully completed.

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    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
    • A. noninvasive
    • B. occasional
    • C. suspicious
    • D. blistering

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