[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 strengthener
Indirectly Attila was the strengthener of the Papacy, and the founder of Venice.
By strengthening their souls to do right; hence called the Comforter or Strengthener.The Quiver 3/1900
This Metheglin is a great Balsom and strengthener of the Viscera; is excellent in colds and coughs and consumptions.The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened
An advantage this, a strengthener of love, in which even the conjugal tie is beneath the fraternal.Mansfield Park
- to make or become stronger
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Word Origin and History for strengthener
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