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

 

strengthen

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈstreŋθn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstreŋθn//
 
[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they strengthen
BrE BrE//ˈstreŋθn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstreŋθn//
 
he / she / it strengthens
BrE BrE//ˈstreŋθnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstreŋθnz//
 
past simple strengthened
BrE BrE//ˈstreŋθnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstreŋθnd//
 
past participle strengthened
BrE BrE//ˈstreŋθnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstreŋθnd//
 
-ing form strengthening
BrE BrE//ˈstreŋθnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstreŋθnɪŋ//
 
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to become stronger; to make somebody/something stronger Her position in the party has strengthened in recent weeks. Yesterday the pound strengthened against the dollar. The wind had strengthened overnight. The fall in unemployment is a sign of a strengthening economy. strengthen somebody/something Repairs are necessary to strengthen the bridge. The exercises are designed to strengthen your stomach muscles. The move is clearly intended to strengthen the President's position as head of state. The new manager has strengthened the side by bringing in several younger players. Their attitude only strengthened his resolve to fight on. The new evidence will strengthen their case. The experience of bereavement can strengthen family ties. opposite weaken See related entries: ExerciseWord Familystrong adjectivestrongly adverbstrength nounstrengthen verbExtra examples The move is clearly intended to strengthen the President’s position as head of state. The new law is aimed at strengthening protective measures for workers. The success in the election strengthened the party’s position considerably. This merger will further strengthen the company and ensure its continued success. This temporary setback merely strengthened her resolve.
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