Dictionary.com

fortify

[ fawr-tuh-fahy ]
/ 藞f蓴r t蓹藢fa瑟 /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: fortify / fortified / fortifies / fortifying on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object), for路ti路fied, for路ti路fy路ing.
verb (used without object), for路ti路fied, for路ti路fy路ing.
to set up defensive works; erect fortifications.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes 鈥渟ky blue鈥?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of fortify

First recorded in 1400鈥50; late Middle English fortifien, from Middle French fortifier, from Late Latin fortific膩re, equivalent to Latin forti(s) 鈥渟trong鈥 + -fic膩re -fy

OTHER WORDS FROM fortify

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 漏 Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use fortify in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fortify

fortify
/ (藞f蓴藧t瑟藢fa瑟) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (mainly tr)
(also intr) to make (a place) defensible, as by building walls, digging trenches, etc
to strengthen physically, mentally, or morally
to strengthen, support, or reinforce (a garment, structure, etc)
to add spirits or alcohol to (wine), in order to produce sherry, port, etc
to increase the nutritious value of (a food), as by adding vitamins and minerals
to support or confirmto fortify an argument with facts

Derived forms of fortify

fortifiable, adjectivefortifier, nounfortifyingly, adverb

Word Origin for fortify

C15: from Old French fortifier, from Late Latin fortific膩re, from Latin fortis strong + facere to make
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK