For·ti·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fortified p. pr. & vb. n. Fortifying.]
1. To add strength to; to strengthen; to confirm; to furnish with power to resist attack.
Timidity was fortified by pride. --Gibbon.
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.
For·ti·fy, v. i. To raise defensive works.
v 1: 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]