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Definitions of strengthen

  1. To make or become strong or stronger. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. To make stronger; increase the power or security of; encourage. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To make strong or stronger: to confirm: to encourage: to increase in power or security. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To make strong; confirm; increase. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To become stronger. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To become strong or stronger. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. give a healthy elasticity to; "Let's tone our muscles" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To make strong or stronger; to add strength to; as, to strengthen a limb, a bridge, an army; to strengthen an obligation; to strengthen authority. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. To animate; to encourage; to fix in resolution. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. To add strength to, either physical, legal or moral; to confirm; to animate; to cause to increase in power or security. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. To add strength to; to grow stronger; to fix in resolution; to invigorate; to confirm. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. Strengthener. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for strengthen

  1. Briefly, the constant duty of every man to his fellows is to ascertain his own powers and special gifts; and to strengthen them for the help of others. – The Ethics of the Dust by John Ruskin
  2. Let me tell you something, my friend Selingman, which I think should strengthen any half- formed intention you may have in your brain. – Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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