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 unfortified
Historical Examples of unfortified
It has always been a principle of warfare that unfortified towns should not be bombarded.The German War
Arthur Conan Doyle
Rouen is now unfortified; its walls, its castles, are level with the ground.Account of a Tour in Normandy, Vol. I. (of 2)
Morgan, of course, counted upon surprising the unfortified capital as he had the seaport town.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
Both places were alike exposed to attack from their unfortified state.
Feb. 1—Germans drop bombs on Dunkirk; Russia threatens to treat air raiders of unfortified towns as pirates.
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.