- 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).
- to set up defensive works; erect fortifications.
Origin of fortify
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Examples from the Web for well-fortified
They were the first to throw Molotov coctails and stones at police and to mount real and well-fortified barricades.Can Ukraine Control Its Far Right Ultranationalists?
March 1, 2014
It sent chunks of concrete and other debris flying into the street outside the well-fortified compound.U.S. Embassy Blast in Turkey ‘Act of Terror,’ Possibly Linked to Syria
Mike Giglio, Dan Ephron
February 1, 2013
Chapultepec was a strong, well-fortified and well-armed fort.General Scott
General Marcus J. Wright
French gold and cunning diplomacy, not French valor, opened the way into the well-fortified capital.The Story of Malta
Maturin M. Ballou
Sixteen men had charged and taken a well-fortified position held by at least one thousand Tagalog.Bamboo Tales
Ira L. Reeves
Wherefore keepest thou here thine army, whilst thine enemy doth hide himself in a well-fortified place?A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times
Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
It is a well-fortified town, and is situated on the banks of a river of the same name, which are cultivated and fertile.The Gates of India
- (of a position, garrison, city, etc) having been made defensible
- (of a person) having strengthened oneself or been strengthened physically, mentally, or morallythe police were well fortified with steaming mugs of tea
- (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
Word Origin and History for well-fortified
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.