Definitions for: Strengthen


[v] give a healthy elasticity to; "Let's tone our muscles"
[v] gain strength; "His body strengthened"
[v] make strong or stronger; "This exercise will strengthen your upper body"; "strenghten the relations between the two countries"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Let noble Warwick, Cobham, and the rest, . . . With
powerful policy strengthen themselves. --Shak.

2. To animate; to encourage; to fix in resolution.

Charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen
him. --Deut. iii.
28.

Syn: To invigorate; confirm; establish; fortify; animate;
encourage.


Strength"en, v. i.
To grow strong or stronger.

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

Synonyms: beef up, fortify, tone, tone up

Antonyms: weaken

See Also: alter, back, batten, batten down, brace, brace up, buttress, change, confirm, consolidate, exercise, proof, reenforce, reinforce, restrengthen, ruggedise, ruggedize, sandbag, secure, stabilise, stabilize, steady, strengthen, substantiate, toughen, undergird, vitalise, vitalize, work out

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