- 1fortify something (against somebody/something) to make a place more able to resist attack, especially by building high walls a fortified town They fortified the area against attack.
- 2fortify somebody/yourself (against somebody/something) to make somebody/yourself feel stronger, braver, etc. He fortified himself against the cold with a hot drink. Although fortified by its election success, the government remains cautious in its policies.
- 3to make a feeling or an attitude stronger The news merely fortified their determination.
- 4fortify something (with something) to increase the strength or quality of food or drink by adding something to it Sherry is fortified wine (= wine with extra alcohol added). cereal fortified with extra vitamins Word Origin late Middle English: from French fortifier, from late Latin fortificare, from Latin fortis
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːtɪfaɪ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrtɪfaɪ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fortify
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːtɪfaɪ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrtɪfaɪ//he / she / it fortifies
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːtɪfaɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrtɪfaɪz//past simple fortified
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːtɪfaɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrtɪfaɪd//past participle fortified
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːtɪfaɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrtɪfaɪd//-ing form fortifying
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːtɪfaɪɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrtɪfaɪɪŋ//