strengthen

To strengthen is to make something stronger! Rarr. You can strengthen your muscles by working out, or strengthen your brain by learning new words.

Anytime you strengthen something, you're making it more resistant, vigorous, or tough. Taking vitamins can strengthen your immune system so you don't get sick. Lifting weights will strengthen your muscles. A powerful lock will strengthen a door. On computers, a reliable firewall will strengthen your virus protection. If something is weak, it needs to be strengthened. Congrats! You just strengthened your vocabulary by checking out this definition!

Definitions of strengthen
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v make strong or stronger

“This exercise will strengthen your upper body”
strengthen the relations between the two countries”
Synonyms:
beef up, fortify
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

v gain strength

“His body strengthened
Antonyms:
weaken
become weaker
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consolidate
make firm or secure; strengthen
proof
make resistant (to harm)
back
strengthen by providing with a back or backing
sandbag
protect or strengthen with sandbags; stop up
toughen
make tough or tougher
bombproof
make safe against bombings
bulletproof
make bulletproof
child-proof, childproof
make safe against children
foolproof, goof-proof, goofproof
proof against human misuse or error
fireproof
make resistant to fire
weatherproof
make resistant to bad weather
harden, season
make fit
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v give a healthy elasticity to

Synonyms:
tone, tone up
Type of:
exercise, work out
do physical exercise

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