Definition of fortify in English:


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transitive verbtransitive verb fortifies, transitive verb fortifying, transitive verb fortified

[with object]
  • 1Provide (a place) with defensive works as protection against attack.

    • ‘the enclave has been heavily fortified in recent years’
    build defences round, strengthen with defensive works, secure, protect, surround
    strengthen, reinforce, toughen, consolidate, bolster, shore up, brace, buttress, stiffen, support, hold up
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    1. 1.1Strengthen (someone) mentally or physically.
      • ‘the girl was fortified by her religious faith’
      invigorate, strengthen, energize, enliven, liven up, animate, vitalize, rejuvenate, restore, revive, refresh
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  • 2Add spirits to (wine) to make port, sherry, or a similar drink.

    • ‘the wine is aged in oak barrels and fortified with French brandy’
    add alcohol to, add spirits to, strengthen
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    1. 2.1Increase the nutritional value of (food) by adding vitamins or minerals.
      • ‘most commercial brands of almond milk are fortified with vitamins A, D, B2, B12, calcium, and zinc’
      add minerals to, add vitamins to, boost, improve
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/ˈfôrdəˌfī/ /ˈfɔrdəˌfaɪ/


Late Middle English from French fortifier, from late Latin fortificare, from Latin fortis ‘strong’.