What does strengthen mean?

Definitions for strengthen
ˈstrɛŋk θən, ˈstrɛŋ-, ˈstrɛn-strength·en

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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. strengthenverb

    gain strength

    "His body strengthened"

  3. tone, tone up, strengthenverb

    give a healthy elasticity to

    "Let's tone our muscles"


  1. strengthenverb

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

  2. strengthenverb

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

  3. strengthenverb

    To augment; to improve; to intensify.

  4. strengthenverb

    To grow strong or stronger.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Strengthenverb

    Etymology: from strength.

    Let us rise up and build: so they strengthened their hands for this work. Neh. ii. 18.

    Authority is by nothing so much strengthened and confirmed as by custom; for no man easily distrusts the things which he and all men have been always bred up to. William Temple.

    Thee, bold Longinus! all the Nine inspire,
    And bless your critick with a poet’s fire:
    An ardent judge, who, zealous in his trust,
    With warmth gives sentence, yet is always just;
    Whose own example strengthens all his laws,
    And is himself that great sublime he draws. Alexander Pope.

    Charge Joshua, and encourage him and strengthen him. Deut.

    Let noble Warwick, Cobham, and the rest,
    With powerful policy strengthen themselves. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    They sought the strengthening of the heathen. 1 Mac. vi.

  2. To Strengthenverb

    To grow strong.

    Oh men for flatt’ry and deceit renown’d!
    Thus when y’ are young ye learn it all like him,
    ’Till as your years increase, that strengthens too,
    T’ undo poor maids. Thomas Otway, Orphan.


  1. strengthen

    To strengthen means to make or become stronger, more robust, or more proficient. This could involve increasing physical power, improving a skill or ability, reinforcing a structure or an argument, consolidating a position, or enhancing emotional, mental or institutional resilience.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strengthenverb

    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. Strengthenverb

    to animate; to encourage; to fix in resolution

  3. Strengthenverb

    to grow strong or stronger

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of strengthen in a Sentence

  1. Patrick Mendes:

    With Atton's portfolio, AccorHotels will strengthen its leadership position in Latin America and complement its offer to its customers and loyalty members with attractive key destinations.

  2. Van Lange:

    Our argument is that they strengthen feelings of control and confidence that may otherwise be lacking.

  3. Illinois State Police:

    These modifications to administrative law will immediately give the ISP the legal authority to consider more evidence when determining whether to issue or revoke a FOID card and will strengthen the ISP’s ability to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals.

  4. Joe Biden:

    Right now, in state after state, new laws are being written -- not to protect the vote, but to deny it ; not only to suppress the vote, but to subvert it ; not to strengthen or protect our democracy, but because The President lost, instead of looking at the election results from 2020 and saying they need new ideas or better ideas to win more votes, The President and The President supporters have decided the only way for them to win is to suppress your vote and subvert our elections.

  5. Joseph Votel:

    We help our embassies with some of their messaging activities that they are doing out there to make sure that truthful information is getting out to populations. We use our civil affairs capability to help connect governments to their populations and strengthen those relationships. In doing that, (we) reduce those vulnerabilities of populations who may be vulnerable to this type of pressure they get from outside countries . Asked about Al Qaeda, Votel said the terror group was diminished in east Africa, Syria and Yemen, but the lesson of the last decade is that the U.S. and its allies must maintain pressure or the groups will reinvent and reconstitute. The leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is believed to be in Pakistan, and has been noticeably silent on the June drone strike that killed the organization's number two , Naser al Wuhayishi, who also was the leader of the Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen. To me it is a good sign it’s an indication that we have been very effective at isolating him so that is kind of my initial reaction.

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