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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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▪ The occupying forces generally stay within their heavily fortified garrisons for fear of attack.
▪ His edge was none too great for a general who planned to attack a heavily fortified position.
▪ Thirty policemen were massacred in Rukum last week when the rebels launched a direct assault on their heavily fortified headquarters.
▪ Several thousand students and union members marched on the heavily fortified U.S.
▪ Republicans want demilitarisation, particularly in the heavily fortified south Armagh area.
▪ Concrete blocks were piled high to fortify the government center.
▪ Almost immediately this treaty was transgressed by the construction of fortified trading posts on the Platte River and along the Oregon Trail.
▪ Dislike of party lists is often fortified by dark suspicions about the quality of the candidates they supposedly include.
▪ Henry claimed custody of the child but her kinsmen fortified their castles and refused to hand her over.
▪ The occupying forces generally stay within their heavily fortified garrisons for fear of attack.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Fortify \For"ti*fy\, v. i. To raise defensive works.


Fortify \For"ti*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fortified; p. pr. & vb. n. Fortifying.] [F. fortifier, L. fortificare; fortis strong + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Fort, and -fy.]

  1. 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.
    --Sir W. Scott.

  2. 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., "increase efficacy" (of medicine); mid-15c., "provide (a town) with walls and defenses," from Old French fortifiier (14c.) "to fortify, strengthen," from Late Latin fortificare "to strengthen, make strong," from Latin fortis "strong" (see fort) + facere "to make" (see factitious). Sense of "to strengthen mentally or morally" is from late 15c. Meaning "add liquor or alcohol" is from 1880; meaning "add nutrients to food" is from 1939. Related: Fortified; fortifying.


vb. 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. 3 To increase the effectiveness of, as by additional ingredients.

  1. v. make strong or stronger; "This exercise will strengthen your upper body"; "strenghten the relations between the two countries" [syn: strengthen, beef up] [ant: weaken]

  2. enclose by or as if by a fortification [syn: fort]

  3. prepare oneself for a military confrontation; "The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East"; "troops are building up on the Iraqui border" [syn: arm, build up, gird] [ant: disarm]

  4. add nutrients to; "fortified milk"

  5. add alcohol beverages [syn: spike, lace]

  6. [also: fortified]


Fortify may refer to:

  • the verb to fortify, meaning to build a fortification
  • Fortify Software's software code analysis product
  • Fortify (Netscape), a software hack for the Netscape Navigator
  • Fortify (programming), a software tool used in the Fortress programming language
  • A construction project on Interstate 440 (North Carolina)

Usage examples of "fortify".

Guayra, will find, as Leigh found, that their coming has been expected, and that the Pass of the Venta, three thousand feet above, has been fortified with huge barricadoes, abattis, and cannon, making the capital, amid its ring of mountain-walls, impregnable--to all but Englishmen or Zouaves.

Achilles is a war between the assembled armies of the Achaean cities and Troy, a rich, fortified city on the coast of Asia Minor near the Hellespont, the narrow western outlet of the long passage from the Black Sea to the Aegean.

Caesar left the rest still standing, erected a strongly fortified camp equipped with one tower tall enough to see into Germania for miles, and garrisoned it with the Fifth Alauda under the command of Gaius Volcatius Tullus.

Those who could, ran for the fortified houses of Preble, Harmon, Alcock, and Norton, which were soon filled with the refugees.

But as he was a man powerful in arms and clever in artifice, he did not allow himself to succumb at the first blow, and in all haste fortified Annona, Novarro, and Alessandria, sent off Cajazzo with troops to that part of the Milanese territory which borders on the states of Venice, and collected on the Po as many troops as he could.

When we recollect the complete armor of the Roman soldiers, their discipline, exercises, evolutions, fortified camps, and military engines, it appears a just matter of surprise, how the naked and unassisted valor of the barbarians could dare to encounter, in the field, the strength of the legions, and the various troops of the auxiliaries, which seconded their operations.

The other Aristos followed his lead and drank, their decided lack of enthusiasm evident only in their minds, but intense enough from so many of them that it came through his fortified shields.

Swiss, who, from the station of a foot soldier in the Dutch service, out of which he had been drummed for theft, had erected himself into the rank of a self-created chevalier, this hero fortified himself with a double dose of brandy, and betook himself to a certain noted coffee-house, with an intent to affront Count Fathom in public.

The troubles excited by the usurper Firmus in the Upper Egypt had never been perfectly appeased, and the cities of Ptolemais and Coptos, fortified by the alliance of the Blemmyes, still maintained an obscure rebellion.

Conway and Caernarvon, remain in their ruined layouts today, as examples of fortresses integrated with fortified towns.

President Garcia was forced to flee the capital and take refuge in the fortified city of Campanario, in the south, his home region.

His camp lay in the midst of a huge expanse of flat ground and he had used his time in fortifying it formidably, despite the fact that the Cappadocian lack of forests had meant fetching the timber from the Cilician Gates.

He set upon a breakfast of chagga with renewed gusto and, thus fortified, was ready to make his report to Jim.

For through the savage trumpet-blasts and rude and lumbering rhythms, through the cymbal-crashing Mongol marches and warm, uncouth peasant chants that are his music, there surges that vision, that sense of immanent glory, that fortifying asseveration.

Larry and Jack saw it all, but they said nothing, only relieved the Chippewa of all the work they possibly could, so that, should necessity demand that Fox-Foot must lose rest and food, he would be well fortified for every tax placed upon him.