Strengthen Strength"en, v. i. To grow strong or stronger. [1913 Webster]

The young disease, that must subdue at length, Grows with his growth, and strengthens with his strength. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

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  • strengthen — strength‧en [ˈstreŋθn, ˈstrenθn] verb 1. [intransitive, transitive] ECONOMICS if a currency strengthens, or something strengthens it, the currency increases in value: • The Singapore dollar has gradually strengthened against the pound and the… …   Financial and business terms

  • strengthen — strengthen, *invigorate, fortify, energize, reinforce can mean to make strong or stronger. Strengthen is the most general term, applicable not only to persons or their physical, mental, or moral powers but also to things material or immaterial… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Strengthen — Strength en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Strengthened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Strengthening}.] 1. 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. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • strengthen — [v1] make more forceful, powerful add, add fuel to fire*, anneal, ascend, bolster, brace, build up, buttress, confirm, corroborate, empower, enhance, enlarge, establish, extend, fortify, harden, heighten, increase, intensify, invigorate, justify …   New thesaurus

  • strengthen — index aid, bear (support), compound, concentrate (consolidate), corroborate, develop, document …   Law dictionary

  • strengthen — (v.) c.1300, from STRENGTH (Cf. strength) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Strengthened; strengthening …   Etymology dictionary

  • strengthen — ► VERB ▪ make or become stronger. DERIVATIVES strengthener noun …   English terms dictionary

  • strengthen — [streŋkthən, streŋthən; ] often [, strenthən] vt., vi. to increase in strength; make or become stronger strengthener n …   English World dictionary

  • strengthen — [[t]stre̱ŋθ(ə)n[/t]] ♦♦♦ strengthens, strengthening, strengthened 1) VERB If something strengthens a person or group or if they strengthen their position, they become more powerful and secure, or more likely to succeed. [V n] ...the new… …   English dictionary

  • strengthen — verb ADVERB ▪ considerably, enormously, greatly, significantly, substantially ▪ The success in the election strengthened the party s position considerably. ▪ further …   Collocations dictionary

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