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Definition of buttress verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

buttress

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtrəs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtrəs//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they buttress
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtrəs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtrəs//
 
he / she / it buttresses
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtrəsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtrəsɪz//
 
past simple buttressed
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtrəst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtrəst//
 
past participle buttressed
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtrəst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtrəst//
 
-ing form buttressing
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtrəsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtrəsɪŋ//
 
 
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buttress somebody/something (formal) to support or give strength to somebody/something The sharp increase in crime seems to buttress the argument for more police officers on the street. The galleries were well buttressed by huge timbers. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French (ars) bouterez ‘thrusting (arch)’, from boter ‘to strike or thrust’, of Germanic origin.
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