strengthen

Definitions

  • Appliance for strengthening the muscles
    Appliance for strengthening the muscles
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v strengthen give a healthy elasticity to "Let's tone our muscles"
    • v strengthen gain strength "His body strengthened"
    • v strengthen make strong or stronger "This exercise will strengthen your upper body","strengthen the relations between the two countries"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rice flour was used to strengthen some of the bricks that make up the Great Wall of China
    • Strengthen To animate; to encourage; to fix in resolution. "Charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him."
    • v. i Strengthen To grow strong or stronger. "The young disease, that must subdue at length,
      Grows with his growth, and strengthens with his strength."
    • Strengthen To make strong or stronger; to add strength to; as, to strengthen a limb, a bridge, an army; to strengthen an obligation; to strengthen authority. "Let noble Warwick, Cobham, and the rest, . . . With powerful policy strengthen themselves."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Deliberately infecting people with malaria has been used to cure different viral infections. The high fever will strengthen the immune system and fight the virus. In recent times this has been considered as a treatment to HIV
    • strengthen To make strong or stronger; add strength to, either physical, legal, or moral; confirm; establish: as, to strengthen a limb; to strengthen an obligation; to strengthen a claim; to strengthen authority.
    • strengthen Synonyms To invigorate, fortify, brace, nerve, steel, corroborate, support, heighten.
    • strengthen To grow strong or stronger.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.
    • v.t Strengthen to make strong or stronger: to confirm: to encourage: to increase in power or security
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Quotations

  • Josh Billings
    Josh%20Billings
    “Most people when they come to you for advice, come to have their own opinions strengthened, not corrected.”
  • Charles De Gaulle
    Charles%20De%20Gaulle
    “Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”
  • Neal Prescot
    Neal Prescot
    “Choice strengthens all.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “I can do all things through him who strengthens me. [Philippians 4:13]”
  • John Abbott
    John Abbott
    “Every man's ability may be strengthened or increased by culture.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. strengthustrang, strong.

Usage

In literature:

His nationality strengthened the dislike with which he was regarded.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Sir Ian Hamilton, who had been strengthened by several new divisions, planned a fresh attack for early in August.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
It was next necessary to strengthen his constitution against the evil effects of poison.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
These counter petitions strengthened the Trustees in their resolution.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
The relations of the United States with Spain rather strengthened Genet's position.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
The strengthening of his body refreshed his spirits.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
The prolonged defence of Pamplona gave Soult time to strengthen his position on the Nivelle.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
I began to take more exercise in the open air to strengthen my physique.
"A Retrospect" by James Hudson Taylor
And for this, we beseech Thee, grant us to be strengthened with might by Thy Spirit in the inner man.
"Holy in Christ" by Andrew Murray
The truth is, it weakens them in body, but strengthens them in imagination.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
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In poetry:

If it only serves to strengthen
Yearnings for a higher good,
For the fount of living waters
And diviner food;
"To ------," by John Greenleaf Whittier
’Tis not for us to lengthen
The years of wasted lives;
We come to help and strengthen
The goodness that survives.
"The Spirits for Good" by Henry Lawson
My God, my everlasting hope,
I live upon thy truth;
Thine hands have held my childhood up,
And strengthened all my youth.
"Psalm 71 part 1" by Isaac Watts
And if my heart and flesh are weak
To bear an untried pain,
The bruised reed He will not break,
But strengthen and sustain.
"The Eternal Goodness" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Look down on him whose crown is wet with tears
In which its splendour fades and disappears--
His tears, our tears, tears out of all her lands.
The Queen is dead.
God! strengthen the King's hands!
God, save the King!
"A Prayer For The King's Majesty" by Edith Nesbit
Who goeth in the way which Christ hath gone,
Is much more sure to meet with him, than one
That travelleth by-wayes,
Perhaps my God, though he be farre before,
May turn, and make me by the hand, and more,
May strengthen my decayes.
"Lent" by George Herbert

In news:

Aluminum Smelter Will Strengthen the Emirate 's Industrial Base.
This is a basic pie crust recipe, with the dough worked a bit more to strengthen it.
The Grainger Foundation has donated $10,000 to William M Davies, Jr Career and Technical High School in support of its goal to strengthen their technical education program.
The facility will be called Grede Omaha LLC and strengthens Grede 's position in the heavy truck and industrial markets.
I've been doing exercises to strengthen my back.
Recent sophomore disc Rampa Head strengthens that case as does this trio of TGMC live clips.
Democrats strengthened their hold on the Senate but failed Tuesday to recapture the majority in the House of Representatives they lost two years ago.
Travel changes our worldview and strengthens the bonds between loved ones.
With All Your Heart' gathering can strengthen hospital care .
InkSpec's IIS viscometer strengthens European presence.
Strengthening, Not Stretching, to Deal With Iliotibial Band Syndrome.
My column this week in the Globe and Mail takes a look at some interesting new research suggesting that strengthening, not stretching, is the best way to deal with iliotibial band syndrome.
Gulf Coast gasoline strengthened against New York futures as Phillips 66 (PSX PSX) resumed routine operations at the Lake Charles refinery in Louisiana after a power loss.
There are things parents can do to strengthen their children before the bullying starts.
Rebel alliances strengthen in Mali's north, rattling neighboring countries.
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In science:

This further strengthen the validity of equation (4.15).
A Moderate Cluster Cooling Flow Model
As a natural strengthening of Theorem 3.1, we will compute the tail probability Prob{ku(∆ − id )u∗k > t}.
Coordinate restrictions of linear operators in $l_2^n$
Alternatively, Theorem 2.2 can be strengthened in a different direction.
Real Rational Surfaces Are Quasi-Simple
Any CO(3–2) contribution will only strengthen this conclusion and further reject lower β values.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
The first property is strengthened since we now claim UO T for strategies.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
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