[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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This is the hope that strengthens and sustains him in his effort.The Meaning of Evolution
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It is a fine thing to quote this as a testimony that strengthens our faith in humanity.Policing the Plains
The perception of the beautiful grows and strengthens in me.Ernest Linwood
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It not only strengthens the muscles but the nature of a man.Watch Yourself Go By
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He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill.How to Succeed
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- to make or become stronger
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Word Origin and History for strengthens
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