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 fortifiesconsolidate, protect, secure, buttress, strengthen, reinforce, entrench, brace, restore, energize, embolden, invigorate, steel, prepare, bulwark, support, embattle, prop, gird, ready
Examples from the Web for fortifies
Contemporary Examples of fortifies
Obamacare draws fire from this segment of “conservatives” because it fortifies the other side in their holy war.A Conservative Defense of Obamacare... from an AEI Scholar
September 30, 2012
Historical Examples of fortifies
Defeat brings prudence and concentration; it ennobles and fortifies.The Task of Social Hygiene
A contest so noble and so perpetual sustains and fortifies the mind.Put Yourself in His Place
It refreshes you, sir: it fortifies you: and as for liking it—gad!The Christmas Books
William Makepeace Thackeray
In the meantime it equips and fortifies itself as for a combat.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 2 (of 6)
Hippolyte A. Taine
The evidence with which Mr. Randall fortifies his position is inconclusive.
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.