verb (used with object), for·ti·fied, for·ti·fy·ing.

verb (used without object), for·ti·fied, for·ti·fy·ing.

to set up defensive works; erect fortifications.

Origin of fortify

1400–50; late Middle English fortifien < Middle French fortifier < Late Latin fortificāre, equivalent to Latin forti(s) strong + -ficāre -fy
Related formsfor·ti·fi·a·ble, adjectivefor·ti·fi·er, nounfor·ti·fy·ing·ly, adverbnon·for·ti·fi·a·ble, adjectivenon·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

Synonyms for fortify Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for well-fortified

Contemporary Examples of well-fortified

Historical Examples of well-fortified

  • 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?

  • 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

    Thomas Holdich

British Dictionary definitions for well-fortified


adjective (well fortified when postpositive)

(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


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 Formsfortifiable, adjectivefortifier, nounfortifyingly, adverb

Word Origin for fortify

C15: from Old French fortifier, from Late Latin fortificāre, from Latin fortis strong + facere to make
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper