fortify

If you add nutrients to something you fortify it. Food scientists have found ways to fortify cereal, but in addition to vitamins C and D, they usually add a lot of sugar.

If you strengthen your defenses, you fortify them, perhaps by adding more arms or increasing your defensive walls. Sometimes the defenses you fortify will be tangible and sometimes the word is used metaphorically to mean give courage. If a castle was originally vulnerable to attack, the owner might fortify it by adding a moat — and maybe filling it with crocodiles. If you're nervous about giving a speech, you should fortify yourself with a pep talk first.

Definitions of fortify
  1. verb
    make strong or stronger
    synonyms: beef up, strengthen
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    Antonyms:
    weaken
    lessen the strength of
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    vitalise, vitalize
    make more lively or vigorous
    ruggedise, ruggedize
    produce in a version designed to withstand rough usage
    substantiate
    solidify, firm, or strengthen
    restrengthen
    make strong again
    brace up, undergird
    make secure underneath
    confirm
    make more firm
    reenforce, reinforce
    make stronger
    buttress
    make stronger or defensible
    brace, stabilise, stabilize, steady
    support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace
    batten
    secure with battens
    batten, batten down, secure
    furnish with battens
    buttress
    reinforce with a buttress
    line
    reinforce with fabric
    bolster, bolster up
    support and strengthen
    ballast
    make steady with a ballast
    guy
    steady or support with a guy wire or cable
    mine
    lay mines
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    add nutrients to
    fortified milk”
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    type of:
    add
    make an addition (to); join or combine or unite with others; increase the quality, quantity, size or scope of
  3. verb
    add alcohol to (beverages)
    synonyms: lace, spike
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  4. verb
    enclose by or as if by a fortification
    synonyms: fort
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    types:
    trench
    fortify by surrounding with trenches
    embattle
    fortify by furnishing with battlements for defense
    type of:
    close in, enclose, inclose, shut in
    surround completely
  5. verb
    prepare oneself for a military confrontation
    synonyms: arm, build up, gird
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    Antonyms:
    demilitarise, demilitarize, disarm
    remove offensive capability from
    types:
    re-arm, rearm
    arm anew
    forearm
    arm in advance of a confrontation
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