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 well-fortified
Contemporary Examples of 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
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?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
adjective (well fortified when postpositive)
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.