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[strengk-thuh n, streng-, stren-] /ˈstrɛŋk θən, ˈstrɛŋ-, ˈstrɛn-/
verb (used with object)
to make stronger; give strength to.
Phonetics. to change (a speech sound) to an articulation requiring more effort, as from fricative to stop or nongeminate to geminate.
verb (used without object)
to gain strength; grow stronger.
Origin of strengthen
1250-1300; Middle English strengthnen. See strength, -en1
Related forms
strengthener, noun
strengtheningly, adverb
overstrengthen, verb
prestrengthen, verb (used with object)
restrengthen, verb
unstrengthened, adjective
unstrengthening, adjective
1. buttress, reinforce, fortify, support. Unabridged
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  • Using their extra-long snouts, flattened and strengthened on the end by a plate of cartilage, they can root as deep as three feet.
  • Federal and state authorities have strengthened laws and intensified prosecutions to discourage looting in this country.
  • The clay is dried and strengthened by adding finely pulverized pottery shards before pots are shaped, painted and fired.
  • And this unexpected and new source of strength has been mirrored by strengthened ties between family members and friends.
  • The days lengthened, the cold strengthened, the house grew dirtier and dirtier.
  • The reactionaries had never wanted this, because they did not want the com- mon people strengthened.
  • As the miners' place in the local economy and social order has diminished, the bond among miners has strengthened.
  • It strengthened ties between the faculty and the administration, and with the development office.
  • Athletics and academics have a cordial relationship, yet one that can be strengthened still further.
  • But if anything, this incident strengthened my resolve to heal up and get started as soon as possible.
British Dictionary definitions for strengthened


to make or become stronger
Derived Forms
strengthener, noun
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Word Origin and History for strengthened



c.1300, from strength + -en (1). Related: Strengthened; strengthening.

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