An example of to fortify is to add extra support to a building.
- to make strong or stronger; strengthen physically, emotionally, etc.
- to strengthen against attack, as by building or furnishing with forts, walls, etc.
- to support; corroborate: to fortify an argument with statistics
- to strengthen (wine, etc.) by adding alcohol
- to add vitamins, minerals, etc. to (milk, etc.) so as to increase the nutritional value; enrich
Origin of fortifyMiddle English fortifien ; from Old French fortifier ; from Late Latin fortificare ; from Classical Latin fortis, strong (see fort) + facere, to make, do
verbfor·ti·fied, for·ti·fy·ing, for·ti·fies
Origin of fortifyMiddle English fortifien, from Old French fortifier, from Late Latin fortificāre : Latin fortis, strong; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficāre, -fy.
(third-person singular simple present fortifies, present participle fortifying, simple past and past participle fortified)
- To increase the defenses of; to strengthen and secure by military works; to render defensible against an attack by hostile forces.
- To impart strength or vigor to.
- To increase the effectiveness of, as by additional ingredients.
- To strengthen mentally or morally.
From Old French fortifier