So Romney reversed course again, vowing “to fortify his communications and messaging team by adding seasoned operatives.”
And volunteers are working around the clock at Fort Tilden beach in the Rockaways to fortify sand dunes.
Next will be using the Copenhagen accord to fortify the U.S. Senate to pass a climate bill.
early 15c., "increase efficacy" (of medicine); mid-15c., "provide (a town) with walls and defenses," from Old French fortifiier (14c.) "to fortify, strengthen," from Late Latin fortificare "to strengthen, make strong," from Latin fortis "strong" (see fort) + facere "to make" (see factitious).
Sense of "to strengthen mentally or morally" is from late 15c. Meaning "add liquor or alcohol" is from 1880. Related: Fortified; fortifying.