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Definition of buttress verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

buttress

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈbʌtrəs//
 
buttress somebody/something (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they buttress
 
he / she / it buttresses
 
past simple buttressed
 
-ing form buttressing
 
 
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to support or give strength to someone or something The sharp increase in crime seems to buttress the argument for more police officers on the street.
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