[strengk-thuh n, streng-, stren-]
- to make stronger; give strength to.
- Phonetics. to change (a speech sound) to an articulation requiring more effort, as from fricative to stop or nongeminate to geminate.
- to gain strength; grow stronger.
Origin of strengthen
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1. buttress, reinforce, fortify, support.
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Examples from the Web for strengthen
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That a lady should marry to increase her consequence and strengthen her connexions.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Your quarrel with Lovelace, if it continue, will strengthen my hands.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
How else could I strengthen her in the battle against our own impulses?City of Endless Night
You shall be true to the illusion—we shall be true to it—I will help you in it, strengthen you in it!The Mystery of Murray Davenport
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Will this new disgrace serve to strengthen the Administration?Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
- to make or become stronger
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Word Origin and History for strengthen
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