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 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
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.