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strengthen

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Pronunciation

Etymology

strength + -en

Verb

Infinitive
to strengthen

Third person singular
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Simple past
-

Past participle
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Present participle
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to strengthen (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To make strong or stronger; to add strength to; to increase the strength of; as, to strengthen a limb, a bridge, an army; to strengthen an obligation; to strengthen authority; to fortify; to reinforce.
  2. (transitive) To animate; to give moral strength; to encourage; to fix in resolution; to hearten.
  3. (transitive) To augment; to improve; to intensify.
  4. (intransitive) To grow strong or stronger.

Quotations

  • 1851: Anonymous, Arthur Hamilton, and His Dog
    A little hardship, and a little struggling with the rougher elements of life, will perchance but strengthen and increase his courage, and prepare him for the conflicts and struggles of after years.

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References

strengthen” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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