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strengthen

[ strengk-thuhn, streng-, stren- ]
/ ˈstrɛŋk θən, ˈstrɛŋ-, ˈstrɛn- /
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verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to gain strength; grow stronger.

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Origin of strengthen

First recorded in 1250–1300, strengthen is from the Middle English word strengthnen.See strength, -en1
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British Dictionary definitions for strengthen

strengthen
/ (ˈstrɛŋθən) /

verb

to make or become stronger
strengthener, noun
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