[strengk-thuhn, streng-, stren-]
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

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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strengthen (ˈstrɛŋθən)
to make or become stronger

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Example sentences
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.
He rather sought in that misfortune an opportunity and motive for fortifying
  and strengthening himself.
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