verb for·ti·fy \ˈfr-tə-ˌfī\

: to strengthen (a place) by building military defenses (such as walls, trenches, etc.)

: to make (someone or something) stronger

: to make (yourself) feel stronger or less fearful


Full Definition of FORTIFY

transitive verb
:  to make strong: as
a :  to strengthen and secure (as a town) by forts or batteries
b :  to give physical strength, courage, or endurance to <fortified by a hearty meal>
c :  to add mental or moral strength to :  encourage <fortified by prayer>
d :  to add material to for strengthening or enriching <fortified milk>
intransitive verb
:  to erect fortifications
for·ti·fi·er \-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Origin of FORTIFY

Middle English fortifien, from Anglo-French fortifier, from Late Latin fortificare, from Latin fortis strong
First Known Use: 15th century

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FORTIFY Defined for Kids


verb for·ti·fy \ˈfr-tə-ˌfī\

Definition of FORTIFY for Kids

:  to make strong <Walls fortified the city against attack.> <Calcium fortifies bones.>
:  to add material to (something) to strengthen or improve it <The cereal was fortified with vitamins.>


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