Fortify For"ti*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fortified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fortifying}.] [F. fortifier, L. fortificare; fortis strong + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Fort}, and {-fy}.] 1. To add strength to; to strengthen; to confirm; to furnish with power to resist attack. [1913 Webster]

Timidity was fortified by pride. --Gibbon. [1913 Webster]

Pride came to the aid of fancy, and both combined to fortify his resolution. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

2. To strengthen and secure by forts or batteries, or by surrounding with a wall or ditch or other military works; to render defensible against an attack by hostile forces. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • fortify — [[t]fɔ͟ː(r)tɪfaɪ[/t]] fortifies, fortifying, fortified 1) VERB To fortify a place means to make it stronger and more difficult to attack, often by building a wall or ditch round it. [V n] ...British soldiers working to fortify an airbase in… …   English dictionary

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