verb (used with object), for·ti·fied, for·ti·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), for·ti·fied, for·ti·fy·ing.
Origin of fortify
Synonyms for fortify
Related Words for fortifiedguarded, protected, walled, strengthened, secured, barricaded, armored, entrenched, armed, manned, garrisoned, strong
Examples from the Web for fortified
Contemporary Examples of fortified
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
January 6, 2015
He also warns that the entire Uffizi museum should be fortified with anti-seismic measures.Florence Preps ‘David’ for the Big One
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 25, 2014
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
December 25, 2014
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
July 16, 2014
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
June 19, 2014
Historical Examples of fortified
The place chosen for the fortified city of the Cymry was among the mountains.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
Thus armed and fortified, do you think they'll ask other reference of their nurse?
These fortified points had to be attacked generally or not at all.
This position had been fortified with trenches and wire entanglements.
They fled to their fortified town on the shore of Lake Canandaigua.
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (mainly tr)
Word Origin for fortify
early 15c., "increase efficacy" (of medicine); mid-15c., "provide (a town) with walls and defenses," from Old French fortifiier (14c.) "to fortify, strengthen," from Late Latin fortificare "to strengthen, make strong," from Latin fortis "strong" (see fort) + facere "to make" (see factitious).
Sense of "to strengthen mentally or morally" is from late 15c. Meaning "add liquor or alcohol" is from 1880. Related: Fortified; fortifying.