verb (used with object), for·ti·fied, for·ti·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), for·ti·fied, for·ti·fy·ing.
- fortification agate,
- fortified pa,
- fortified wine,
- fortin barometer,
Origin of fortify
Examples from the Web for fortifier
It is evident that he had need of that fortifier and refresher.The Christmas Books|William Makepeace Thackeray
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.