[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 strengthening
The emerging power dynamics in Yemen are undermining U.S. gains against Al Qaeda and strengthening ISIS.Yemen’s a Model All Right—For Disaster
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Russia, he told listeners, is “strengthening our nuclear deterrence forces.”Putin Threatens Nuclear War Over Ukraine
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"All along the undertow is strengthening its hold," Cuomo sang.Remembering Weezer’s ‘The Blue Album,’ A Garage Rock Classic, on Its 20th Anniversary
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Re-evaluating the placement of products in exchanges is just one aspect of this holistic approach to strengthening values.Gagging the Corps: A Marine Commandant’s War on Newsprint
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Step-Ups Skiing and snowboarding are both “leg sports,” so strengthening the quads is hugely important, Morin says.5 Exercises to Get Ski and Snowboard Ready
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There was much to be done in the way of strengthening the earthworks.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
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Sucking a bit of dried orange peel about an hour before dinner, when the stomach is empty, is very grateful and strengthening.
The engineer knows best what tools to use in strengthening his own machine.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
Self-denial is all very well as a means of strengthening the character.Howards End
E. M. Forster
It is held to be of disciplinary value, especially in strengthening the memory.College Teaching
- to make or become stronger
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Word Origin and History for strengthening
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