strength·en /ˈstrɛŋ(k)θən, ˈstrɛn(t)-/
Strength·en v. t. [imp. & p. p. Strengthened p. pr. & vb. n. Strengthening.]
1. 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. --Shak.
2. To animate; to encourage; to fix in resolution.
Charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him. --Deut. iii. 28.
Syn: -- To invigorate; confirm; establish; fortify; animate; encourage.
Strength·en v. i. To grow strong or stronger.
The young disease, that must subdue at length,
Grows with his growth, and strengthens with his strength. --Pope.
v 1: make strong or stronger; "This exercise will strengthen your
upper body"; "strenghten the relations between the two
countries" [syn: beef up, fortify] [ant: weaken]
2: gain strength; "His body strengthened" [ant: weaken]
3: give a healthy elasticity to; "Let's tone our muscles" [syn:
tone, tone up]