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fort

[fawrt, fohrt] /fɔrt, foʊrt/
noun
1.
a strong or fortified place occupied by troops and usually surrounded by walls, ditches, and other defensive works; a fortress; fortification.
2.
any permanent army post.
3.
(formerly) a trading post.
Idioms
4.
hold the fort,
  1. to defend one's position against attack or criticism.
  2. to maintain the existing state of affairs.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; < Middle French, noun use of adj. fort strong < Latin fortis
Can be confused
fort, forte (see pronunciation note at forte)
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British Dictionary definitions for hold fort

fort

/fɔːt/
noun
1.
a fortified enclosure, building, or position able to be defended against an enemy
2.
(informal) hold the fort, to maintain or guard something temporarily
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from fort (adj) strong, from Latin fortis
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Word Origin and History for hold fort
fort
1557, from M.Fr. fort, noun use of O.Fr. fort (adj.) "strong, fortified," from L. fortis "strong," from O.Latin forctus, from PIE base *bheregh- "high, elevated" (cf. Skt. brmhati "strengthens, elevates," O.H.G. berg "hill").
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