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[strengk-thuh n, streng-, stren-] /ˈstrɛŋk θən, ˈstrɛŋ-, ˈstrɛn-/
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to gain strength; grow stronger.
Origin of strengthen
First recorded in 1250-1300, strengthen is from the Middle English word strengthnen. See strength, -en1
Related forms
strengthener, noun
strengtheningly, adverb
overstrengthen, verb
prestrengthen, verb (used with object)
restrengthen, verb
unstrengthened, adjective
unstrengthening, adjective
1. buttress, reinforce, fortify, support. Unabridged
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  • One main idea in each picture, and everything subordinated to lend itself to the strengthening of that.

    The Painter in Oil Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
  • All the rest of the party were engaged with all their might in increasing and strengthening the raft.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • On this, the Company's servants began the task of strengthening their frail defences.

    The Great Company Beckles Willson
  • And in comforting her, Lois was comforted; in strengthening her, Lois was strengthened.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • He must try to make his soul control his body, strengthening it with intellectual and spiritual food for the world to come.

British Dictionary definitions for strengthening


to make or become stronger
Derived Forms
strengthener, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for strengthening



c.1300, from strength + -en (1). Related: Strengthened; strengthening.

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