American English

Definition of fort noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a building or buildings built in order to defend an area against attack the remains of a Roman fort
  2. 2a place where soldiers live and have their training Fort Drum
  3. Idioms
    hold down the fort (informal)
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    to have the responsibility for something or care of someone while other people are away or out You should take a day off. I'll hold down the fort for you.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: fort