- 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.
- Louis appears to have been previously promised this succession, and to strengthen his claim married his son, Otto, to Agnes, the sister of Henry, the count palatine, who died without heirs in 1214.
- Making professions of loyalty to the queen of England, he sought to strengthen his position by alliance with the O'Donnells, MacDonnells and MacQuillans.
- 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.