Definition of fort noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fɔːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrt//
    Historic buildings
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  1. 1a building or buildings built in order to defend an area against attack the remains of a Roman fort See related entries: Historic buildings
  2. 2(North American English) a place where soldiers live and have their training Fort Drum
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French fort or Italian forte, from Latin fortis ‘strong’.Extra examples Government forces managed to hold the fort. The fort finally fell after a week of intense fighting. The fort was under attack for three days. an Iron Age hill fort Evidently a medieval castle had been built on the site of an Iron Age fort.Idioms
    hold the fort (British English) (North American English hold down the fort)
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    (informal) to have the responsibility for something or care of somebody while other people are away or out Why not have a day off? I'll hold the fort for you.
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