[ fawr-tuh-fahy ]
/ ˈfɔr təˌfaɪ /
verb (used with object), for·ti·fied, for·ti·fy·ing.
to protect or strengthen against attack; surround or provide with defensive military works.
to furnish with a means of resisting force or standing strain or wear: to fortify cotton with nylon.
to make strong; impart strength or vigor to: to fortify oneself with a good breakfast.
to increase the effectiveness of, as by additional ingredients: to fortify a diet with vitamins; to fortify a lotion with lanolin.
to strengthen mentally or morally: to be fortified by religious faith.
to confirm or corroborate: to fortify an accusation with facts.
Nutrition. to add one or more ingredients to (a food) to increase its nutritional content.
to add alcohol to (wine or the like).
verb (used without object), for·ti·fied, for·ti·fy·ing.
to set up defensive works; erect fortifications.
Words nearby fortify
Origin of fortify
1400–50; late Middle English fortifien < Middle French fortifier < Late Latin fortificāre, equivalent to Latin forti(s) strong + -ficāre -fy
OTHER WORDS FROM fortify
for·ti·fi·a·ble, adjectivefor·ti·fi·er, nounfor·ti·fy·ing·ly, adverbnon·for·ti·fi·a·ble, adjective
non·for·ti·fy·ing, adjectivere·for·ti·fy, verb (used with object), re·for·ti·fied, re·for·ti·fy·ing.un·der·for·ti·fy, verb (used with object), un·der·for·ti·fied, un·der·for·ti·fy·ing.un·for·ti·fi·a·ble, adjectiveun·for·ti·fied, adjectivewell-for·ti·fied, adjective
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Examples from the Web for refortify
Saguntum would destroy her houses to refortify herself with new barriers, cutting off his passage!Snnica|Vicente Blasco Ibez
British Dictionary definitions for refortify
/ (ˈfɔːtɪˌfaɪ) /
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 fortifyfortifiable, adjectivefortifier, nounfortifyingly, adverb
Word Origin for fortify
C15: from Old French fortifier, from Late Latin fortificāre, from Latin fortis strong + facere to make
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