[strengk-thuh n, streng-, stren-]
- to make stronger; give strength to.
- Phonetics. to change (a speech sound) to an articulation requiring more effort, as from fricative to stop or nongeminate to geminate.
- to gain strength; grow stronger.
Origin of strengthen
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1. buttress, reinforce, fortify, support.
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Increased access to affordable birth control has strengthened the economic security of communities.What Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff Can Teach Hillary Clinton
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But some of the Kurds maintain a disconcerting confidence—one now strengthened by the U.S. airstrikes.U.S. Planes are Blowing the Hell out of ISIS at Kobani, But …
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The influences of religion have been multiplied and strengthened.
As our population has expanded, the Union has been cemented and strengthened.
"Hamlet" is a drama of pathetic weakness, strengthened by a drama of revenge and jealousy.The Man Shakespeare
The cashier's hand had been strengthened by Crane's contribution of evidence.Thoroughbreds
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The framework is of bamboo, strengthened and held taut with wire guys.Flying Machines
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- to make or become stronger
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Word Origin and History for strengthened
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