• WordNet 3.6
    • v fortify make strong or stronger "This exercise will strengthen your upper body","strengthen the relations between the two countries"
    • v fortify add alcohol to (beverages) "the punch is spiked!"
    • v fortify add nutrients to "fortified milk"
    • v fortify prepare oneself for a military confrontation "The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East","troops are building up on the Iraqi border"
    • v fortify enclose by or as if by a fortification
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fortify To add strength to; to strengthen; to confirm; to furnish with power to resist attack. "Timidity was fortified by pride.""Pride came to the aid of fancy, and both combined to fortify his resolution."
    • v. i Fortify To raise defensive works.
    • Fortify To strengthen and secure by forts or batteries, or by surrounding with a wall or ditch or other military works; to render defensible against an attack by hostile forces.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fortify To make strong; strengthen; increase the force of in any way; especially, to furnish with means of resistance.
    • fortify Specifically, to surround with defensive works, with a view to resist the assaults of an enemy; strengthen and secure by walls, batteries, or other means of defense: render defensible against attack: as, to fortify a city, town, or harbor.
    • fortify To raise strongholds or defensive works.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Fortify for′ti-fī to strengthen against attack with forts, &c.: to invigorate: to confirm
    • pa.p Fortify for′tifīed
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  • Jacqueline Bisset
    Jacqueline Bisset
    “Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.”
  • Honore De Balzac
    “Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.”
  • Sydney Smith
    “Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Nothing is so strongly fortified that it cannot be taken by money.”
  • Cornelius Nepos
    Cornelius Nepos
    “No government is safe unless fortified by goodwill.”
  • Hugh Blair
    Hugh Blair
    “What ever purifies the heart also fortifies it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fortifier, L. fortificare,; fortis, strong + -ficare,in comp.) to make. See Fort, and -fy


In literature:

The third mode of attack employed by the Assyrians in their sieges of fortified places was the mine.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 2. (of 7): Assyria" by George Rawlinson
The siege of a fortified place by cavalry is ridiculous, if we understand by siege anything more than a very incomplete blockade.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 6. (of 7): Parthia" by George Rawlinson
If Berlin had been fortified in 1806, the army routed at Jena would have rallied there and been joined by the Russians.
"Elements of Military Art and Science" by Henry Wager Halleck
When those were removed it was fortified and protected from the invasions of enemies.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXI, 1624" by Various
But he fortified his throne yet more strongly by the policy of good government.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Owing to this the siege was perhaps the shortest in the annals of war that a fortified city ever sustained.
"The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol 1, Issue 4, January 23, 1915" by Various
Go, and tell the senate to fortify Rome against the approach of the conqueror.
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
Nevertheless, his mind was not impregnably fortified.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
On the 3rd we marched fifteen miles to Zahidabad, where we first came in sight of the fortified hill above Kabul.
"Forty-one years in India" by Frederick Sleigh Roberts
Gower was too well fortified.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair

In poetry:

You must not tink you can prevail!
They're fortified all parts;
And, if you come, you'll have to scale
A wall of English hearts.
"Ca N'ira Pas" by Charles Dibdin
"Who goes there?" exclaims the sentry;
"When the sun has once gone down
No one ever makes an entry
Into this here fortified town!"
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray
If your desire is like a fortified city,
a siege will bring it down in time:
You have no portion here in this world –
so wake for the world to come.
"Why Are You Frightened" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
My son has built a fortified house
To keep his pride from the thunder,
And his steadfast heart from the gnawing mouse
That nibbles the roots of wonder.
"Architects" by Stephen Vincent Benet
THEY are the slaves of death who fear to die,
They are the cowards who strive against
their fate —
And thus it seemed no courage can frustrate
Change, ill, or death, nor virtue fortify.
"Rondel" by E J Rupert Atkinson
It fortifies my soul to know
That, though I perish, Truth is so:
That, howsoe'er I stray and range,
Whate'er I do, Thou dost not change.
I steadier step when I recall
That, if I slip, Thou dost not fall.
"With Whom is no Variableness, Neither Shadow of Turning" by Arthur Hugh Clough

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Dubai Prince's eventual debut for Godolphin was about four months too late for the Classics but all may not be lost judged upon a fortifying victory in a minor event at Newbury.
When Osama bin Laden died in a fortified compound in suburban Pakistan, our decade-old war on terrorism didn't die with him.