- An example of strengthen is to lift weights to make stronger muscles.
- An example of strengthen is to reinforce a beam.
To strengthen is to make stronger.
verbstrength·ened, strength·en·ing, strength·ens
To make strong or increase the strength of.
To become strong or stronger.
(third-person singular simple present strengthens, present participle strengthening, simple past and past participle strengthened)
- To make strong or stronger; to add strength to; to increase the strength of; to fortify; to reinforce.
- to strengthen a limb, a bridge, an army
- to strengthen an obligation
- to strengthen authority
- To animate; to give moral strength to; to encourage; to fix in resolution; to hearten.
- To augment; to improve; to intensify.
- (intransitive) To grow strong or stronger.
From strength +"Ž -en.
- The "singing lessons" were to strengthen her voice.
- A small but distinctly visible enemy column was moving down the hill, probably to strengthen the front line.
- Very many accepted these terms, rallied to the First Consul with more or less sincerity; and their return to France to strengthen the conservative elements in French society.
- In order to strengthen this compact, he arranged a marriage between the daughter of the king of Bavaria and Eugene Beauharnais; and he united the daughter of the Elector of Wurttemberg in marriage to Jerome Bonaparte, who had now divorced his wife, formerly Miss Paterson of Baltimore, at his brother's behests.
- It refused to throw its weight into the scale, and to strengthen the hands of the king against an over-mighty nobility.