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strength·en

 (strĕngk′thən, strĕng′-, strĕn′-)
v. strength·ened, strength·en·ing, strength·ens
v.tr.
To make strong or increase the strength of.
v.intr.
To become strong or stronger.

strength′en·er n.

strengthen

(ˈstrɛŋθən)
vb
to make or become stronger
ˈstrengthener n

strength•en

(ˈstrɛŋk θən, ˈstrɛŋ-, ˈstrɛn-)

v.t.
1. to make stronger; give strength to.
v.i.
2. to grow stronger.
[1250–1300]
strength′en•er, n.
strength′en•ing•ly, adv.

strengthen


Past participle: strengthened
Gerund: strengthening

Imperative
strengthen
strengthen
Present
I strengthen
you strengthen
he/she/it strengthens
we strengthen
you strengthen
they strengthen
Preterite
I strengthened
you strengthened
he/she/it strengthened
we strengthened
you strengthened
they strengthened
Present Continuous
I am strengthening
you are strengthening
he/she/it is strengthening
we are strengthening
you are strengthening
they are strengthening
Present Perfect
I have strengthened
you have strengthened
he/she/it has strengthened
we have strengthened
you have strengthened
they have strengthened
Past Continuous
I was strengthening
you were strengthening
he/she/it was strengthening
we were strengthening
you were strengthening
they were strengthening
Past Perfect
I had strengthened
you had strengthened
he/she/it had strengthened
we had strengthened
you had strengthened
they had strengthened
Future
I will strengthen
you will strengthen
he/she/it will strengthen
we will strengthen
you will strengthen
they will strengthen
Future Perfect
I will have strengthened
you will have strengthened
he/she/it will have strengthened
we will have strengthened
you will have strengthened
they will have strengthened
Future Continuous
I will be strengthening
you will be strengthening
he/she/it will be strengthening
we will be strengthening
you will be strengthening
they will be strengthening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been strengthening
you have been strengthening
he/she/it has been strengthening
we have been strengthening
you have been strengthening
they have been strengthening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been strengthening
you will have been strengthening
he/she/it will have been strengthening
we will have been strengthening
you will have been strengthening
they will have been strengthening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been strengthening
you had been strengthening
he/she/it had been strengthening
we had been strengthening
you had been strengthening
they had been strengthening
Conditional
I would strengthen
you would strengthen
he/she/it would strengthen
we would strengthen
you would strengthen
they would strengthen
Past Conditional
I would have strengthened
you would have strengthened
he/she/it would have strengthened
we would have strengthened
you would have strengthened
they would have strengthened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.strengthen - make strong or strongerstrengthen - make strong or stronger; "This exercise will strengthen your upper body"; "strengthen the relations between the two countries"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
vitalise, vitalize - make more lively or vigorous; "The treatment at the spa vitalized the old man"
ruggedise, ruggedize - produce in a version designed to withstand rough usage; "Detroit ruggedized the family car"
substantiate - solidify, firm, or strengthen; "The president's trip will substantiate good relations with the former enemy country"
restrengthen - make strong again
brace up, undergird - make secure underneath; "undergird the ship"
confirm - make more firm; "Confirm thy soul in self-control!"
reenforce, reinforce - make stronger; "he reinforced the concrete"
buttress - make stronger or defensible; "buttress your thesis"
stabilise, stabilize, steady, brace - support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace; "brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel"
batten - secure with battens; "batten down a ship's hatches"
batten, batten down, secure - furnish with battens; "batten ships"
weaken - lessen the strength of; "The fever weakened his body"
2.strengthen - gain strength; "His body strengthened"
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
consolidate - make firm or secure; strengthen; "consolidate one's gains"; "consolidate one's hold on first place"
proof - make resistant (to harm); "proof the materials against shrinking in the dryer"
back - strengthen by providing with a back or backing
sandbag - protect or strengthen with sandbags; stop up; "The residents sandbagged the beach front"
toughen - make tough or tougher; "This experience will toughen her"
weaken - become weaker; "The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"
3.strengthen - give a healthy elasticity tostrengthen - give a healthy elasticity to; "Let's tone our muscles"
exercise, work out - do physical exercise; "She works out in the gym every day"

strengthen

verb
1. fortify, encourage, harden, toughen, fuel, steel, consolidate, stiffen, hearten, buoy up, gee up, brace up, vitalize, give new energy to Such antagonism, he has asserted, strengthened his resolve.
fortify undermine, weaken, dilute, sap, destroy, crush, debilitate, subvert
2. reinforce, support, confirm, establish, justify, enhance, intensify, bolster, substantiate, buttress, corroborate, give a boost to Research would strengthen the case for socialist reform.
3. increase in value, become stronger The dollar strengthened against other currencies.
4. step up, reinforce, increase, heighten, escalate, crank up (informal), scale up Community leaders want to strengthen controls at external frontiers.
5. bolster, harden, reinforce, give a boost to Any experience can teach and strengthen you.
6. heighten, intensify, reinforce Every day of sunshine strengthens the feeling of optimism.
7. make stronger, build up, invigorate, restore, nourish, rejuvenate, make healthy, give strength to Yoga can be used to strengthen the immune system.
8. support, brace, steel, reinforce, consolidate, harden, bolster, augment, buttress The builders will have to strengthen the existing joists with additional timber.
9. become stronger, pick up, intensify, heighten, gain strength As it strengthened, the wind was veering southerly.

strengthen

verb
1. To become or cause to become tough or strong:
2. To prepare (oneself) for action:
3. To make or become tight or tighter:
4. To make firmer in a particular conviction or habit:
Translations
يُقَوّييُقَوِي
posílitzesílit
styrketiltage
vahvistaa
ojačatiosokolitipotaknuti
megerősítmegerősödik
styrkja
強くする
강화하다
okrepiti
förstärka
ทำให้แข็งแรงขึ้น
güçlen mekgüçlendirmek
tăng cường

strengthen

[ˈstreŋθən]
A. VT
1. (lit) [+ wall, roof, building] → reforzar; [+ back, muscle] → fortalecer
he does exercises to strengthen his legshace ejercicios para fortalecer las piernas
2. (fig) [+ currency, economy, bond, relationship, character] → fortalecer, consolidar; [+ government] → consolidar; [+ case, argument, law] → reforzar; [+ power] → consolidar, afianzar; [+ resolve, belief, impression] → reafirmar; [+ person] (morally) → fortalecer
this served to strengthen opposition to the strikeesto sirvió para afianzar la oposición a la huelga
her rejection only strengthened his resolveel rechazo de ella sólo sirvió para hacer más firme su propósito de conquistarla
to strengthen sb's position; strengthen sb's handafianzar la posición de algn
B. VI
1. (lit) [muscle, arm, back] → fortalecerse; [wind, storm] → hacerse más fuerte
2. (fig) [currency, economy] → fortalecerse, consolidarse; [prices] → afianzarse; [desire, determination] → redoblarse, intensificarse

strengthen

[ˈstrɛŋθən]
vt
[+ position, government, party] → renforcer
[+ argument, case] → donner du poids à
[+ currency, economy, industry] → renforcer
[+ laws, measures, controls] → renforcer
[+ resolve, character, conviction] → renforcer
[+ relationship, links, ties] → renforcer
[+ muscle] → fortifier
[+ structure, bridge, joists, wall] → renforcer
vi
[currency, economy, industry] → se renforcer
[controls, laws, measures] → se renforcer
[wind, current, storm] → forcir

strengthen

vtstärken; material, shoes, building, grip, resolve alsoverstärken; eyesightverbessern; muscles, patientstärken, kräftigen; person (lit)Kraft geben (+dat); (fig)bestärken; currency, marketfestigen; effectvergrößern; to strengthen somebody’s hand (fig)jdn bestärken or ermutigen; this only strengthened her determinationdas bestärkte sie nur in ihrem Entschluss
vistärker werden; (wind, desire also)sich verstärken; the strengthening economydie sich verbessernde Wirtschaftslage

strengthen

[ˈstrɛŋθn]
1. vt (person, muscles) → irrobustire; (wall, building) → rinforzare; (economy, currency) → consolidare; (desire, determination) → rafforzare
2. vi (economy, currency) → consolidarsi; (wind) → aumentare di intensità; (desire, determination) → rafforzarsi

strong

(stroŋ) adjective
1. firm, sound, or powerful, and therefore not easily broken, destroyed, attacked, defeated, resisted, or affected by weariness, illness etc. strong furniture; a strong castle; a strong wind; She's a strong swimmer; He has a very strong will/personality; He has never been very strong (= healthy); He is not strong enough to lift that heavy table.
2. very noticeable; very intense. a strong colour; a strong smell.
3. containing a large amount of the flavouring ingredient. strong tea.
4. (of a group, force etc) numbering a particular amount. An army 20,000 strong was advancing towards the town.
ˈstrongly adverb
strength (streŋθ) noun
1. the quality of being strong. He got his strength back slowly after his illness; I hadn't the strength to resist him.
2. the number of people etc in a force, organization etc, considered as an indication of its power or effectiveness. The force is below strength.
strengthen (ˈstreŋθən) verb
to make or become strong or stronger. He did exercises to strengthen his muscles; The wind strengthened.
ˈstrongbox noun
a safe or box for valuables.
strong drink
alcoholic liquors.
ˈstronghold noun
a fort, fortress or castle etc.
strong language
swearing or abuse.
ˌstrong-ˈminded adjective
having determination.
strong point
a quality, skill etc in which a person excels. Arithmetic isn't one of my strong points.
strongroom noun
a room specially constructed for keeping valuable articles, with thick walls and a heavy steel door etc.
on the strength of
relying on. On the strength of this offer of money, we plan to start building soon.

strengthen

يُقَوِي posílit styrke stärken ενισχύω fortalecer vahvistaa renforcer ojačati rafforzare 強くする 강화하다 sterker maken styrke wzmocnić fortalecer усиливать(ся) förstärka ทำให้แข็งแรงขึ้น güçlendirmek tăng cường 加强

strengthen

vt (muscles, bones, etc.) fortalecer, reforzar
References in classic literature ?
Like a confiding child, she asked no questions, but left everything to God and nature, Father and Mother of us all, feeling sure that they, and they only, could teach and strengthen heart and spirit for this life and the life to come.
She cornered Ambrosch the next time he came to town, and pointed out to him that any connection with Christian Harling would strengthen his credit and be of advantage to him.
With a view to assist his plans by any suggestion of his own, and to strengthen the temptation, he left the beech, and straggled, as if without an object, to the spot where Le Renard was seated.
Now we began to strengthen, and from hence, for the space of six weeks, we had skirmishes with Indians, in one quarter or other, almost every day.
Even the cumbersome German construction is not able to take the pathos out of that picture--indeed, it somehow seems to strengthen it.
She longed on the instant to comfort and strengthen such a tender young thing.
Concern for her unhappiness, and respect for her fortitude under it, must strengthen every attachment.
Whatever I can say which will open your eyes to the real danger, and strengthen your conviction of the instant necessity of averting it, I say in despite of myself, without hesitation and without reserve.
Therefore, he resolved to keep Two before his mind, as the hour, and so to strengthen himself in the interval that he might be able, after that time, to strengthen others.
Perhaps it impressed me the more then, because it was new to me, but it certainly did not tend to exalt my opinion of, or to strengthen my confidence in, Mr.
Strengthen your heart, my father, for I have much to say that is sorrowful, and even now, when I think of Nada the tears creep through the horn that shuts out my old eyes from light.
It is over for the time,'' answered Rebecca; ``our friends strengthen themselves within the outwork which they have mastered, and it affords them so good a shelter from the foemen's shot, that the garrison only bestow a few bolts on it from interval to interval, as if rather to disquiet than effectually to injure them.

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