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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.
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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  • Stringer has focused more on strengthening software and media in his drive to reinvigorate the company.
  • Its chief strengthening bands are derived from the fascia lata and from the tendons surrounding the joint.
  • Instead of strengthening their fastnesses among the mountains, they embellished their palaces in the market-place.
  • During the following century, the strengthening of the gentry and internal disorders weakened the nation.
  • He rather sought in that misfortune an opportunity and motive for fortifying and strengthening himself.
  • Nearly imperceptible at first, the strengthening current gradually diverted our bubbles at a slight angle as they ascended.
  • The energy warms the eye, further lowering the pressure and strengthening the storm.
  • When you exercise, the muscles pull on the bones, strengthening them.
  • Physical activity is divided into two types of activities for adults: aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening activity.
  • His proposals could do with a bit of strengthening, but are broadly to be welcomed.
British Dictionary definitions for strengthening


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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