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fortify

[ fawr-tuh-fahy ]
/ 藞f蓴r t蓹藢fa瑟 /
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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.
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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

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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
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