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
Examples from the Web for refortified
Historical Examples of refortified
It was refortified by the celebrated Dutch general of engineers, Coehoorn, in the beginning of the 18th century.
One of the greatest of these great castles, Riegersbourg, was refortified in the days of Pope and Addison.Memoirs of Life and Literature
W. H. Mallock
This is an error, as the fort was neither rebuilt nor refortified.
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.