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From Old French fortifier


fortify (third-person singular simple present fortifies, present participle fortifying, simple past and past participle fortified)

  1. To increase the defenses of; to strengthen and secure by military works; to render defensible against an attack by hostile forces.
  2. To impart strength or vigor to.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      Pride came to the aid of fancy, and both combined to fortify his resolution.
  3. To increase the effectiveness of, as by additional ingredients.
  4. To strengthen mentally or morally.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XXI:
      “And do you realize that in a few shakes I've got to show up at dinner and have Mrs Cream being very, very kind to me? It hurts the pride of the Woosters, Jeeves.” “My advice, sir, would be to fortify yourself for the ordeal.” “How?” “There are always cocktails, sir. Should I pour you another?” “You should.”


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