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
Examples from the Web for fortify
Does Israel offer up any facts to fortify his incendiary charge?Cynical Race-Baiting Will Fail to Save the Democrats|Ron Christie|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And volunteers are working around the clock at Fort Tilden beach in the Rockaways to fortify sand dunes.Hurricane Season Is Starting, and Projections Are Higher Than Average|Eliza Shapiro|May 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
So Romney reversed course again, vowing “to fortify his communications and messaging team by adding seasoned operatives.”Ignore the Pundits, Mitt, They’ll Ruin Your Presidential Campaign|Matt Latimer|July 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Throughout her testimony, she repeatedly put a slender hand to her chest and took in gulps of air to fortify herself.Jerry Sandusky Trial, Day Five: Sandusky’s Defense Flails|Diane Dimond|June 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Next will be using the Copenhagen accord to fortify the U.S. Senate to pass a climate bill.
Am now going down stairs to meditate against it in solitude—to fortify myself against it by good books.Man and Wife|Wilkie Collins
For the first, therefore, (p. 330) he could only fortify the island kingdom.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte|William Milligan Sloane
However, I easily saw it would all be vain, and would only fortify him in his arrogance.Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume I (of 2)|John Hill Burton
A thousand thoughts traversed his mind, but they continued to fortify him in his resolution.Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
Judith's prayer, to beg of God to fortify her in her undertaking.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
British Dictionary definitions for fortify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (mainly tr)
Word Origin for fortify
Word Origin and History 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.