protected or strengthened against attack; provided with defensive military works:Jim’s platoon was the reserve force for his company's coordinated assault on a heavily fortified hill.
given strength or vigor, as by food or drink:She rejoined her companions, toting snacks and goodies in her pack, and the newly fortified hikers continued on their way the next day.
Nutrition. having one or more ingredients added, as vitamins, minerals, etc., to increase nutritional value:The fortified flour helps reduce anemia and enhance micronutrient uptake.
(of wine or the like) having extra alcohol added:Marsala, a fortified wine sweetened with concentrated grape juice, comes from Sicily.
strengthened mentally or morally:From this new perspective, he looked upon the impossible task with fortified courage.
having ingredients, elements, or features added in order to increase effectiveness or withstand strain or wear:The new, fortified design standards aim at strengthening buildings and infrastructure against high winds, flooding, and fire.
the simple past tense and past participle of fortify.
- un·for·ti·fied, adjective
- well-for·ti·fied, adjective
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How to use fortified in a sentence
Intriguingly, a number of the molecular mechanisms involved in fortifying and preserving synapse strength appear to require significant downtime between bouts of activity.Cramming may help for next-day exams. But for long-term memory, spacing out study is what works. | Sanjay Sarma, Luke Yoquinto | November 30, 2020 | Washington Post
This summer, Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren spoke during a virtual event with Maryland donors, and one tidbit from that conversation fortified the athletic department’s plans for a project in the works.Maryland athletics launches streaming platform. It’s like ‘Netflix for Terps.’ | Emily Giambalvo | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
This knee-length parka features drawcord adjustments throughout, a protective flap over the zipper, elastic cuffs, and an extra-high neckline to fortify against the cold.
Ultimately, the company’s attempts to fortify its business were too little too late.‘Two very, very different companies’: Why CNN’s Great Big Story failed to survive | Tim Peterson | November 2, 2020 | Digiday
Further fortifying this liquid is fresh garlic and ginger, the latter of which, according to my mom, helps to freshen up any of the meat’s lingering muskiness.This bo ssam dream is within reach, and it starts with your Instant Pot | Eric Kim | October 28, 2020 | Washington Post
As it happened, the coup members found the State House “fortified with additional soldiers.”The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country | Jacob Siegel | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
He also warns that the entire Uffizi museum should be fortified with anti-seismic measures.
The inauguration had to be held in the fortified Kremlin, surrounded by an eerily quiet city.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015 | Movements.Org | December 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
With my back turned, he entered the combination to unlock the door, which was fortified by more than a foot of reinforced steel.Writing a Novel: Even Making It Up Requires Research | Ridley Pearson | July 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Central Intelligence Agency found bin Laden hiding in a “fortified compound” in Abbottabad, Pakistan in late 2010.Hillary Clinton’s New Book Shows Deep Distrust of Pakistan in the Hunt for Bin Laden | Bruce Riedel | June 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Simon the high priest, the son of Onias, who in his life propped up the house, and in his days fortified the temple.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
From its strongly fortified position Havana set the buccaneers at defiance, and sometimes saved the whole island from ruin.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
This they fortified and held during the night, making our total gain on the left precisely 1,000 yards.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Thus fortified with wisdom, he calmly looks the evil in the face, and lets it not disturb his little jog-trot existence.Friend Mac Donald | Max O'Rell
A terrible tyrant conquers the whole world, but one fortified city repels his assaults.Mary, Help of Christians | Various