HyperDic: strengthen

English > 3 senses of the word strengthen:
VERBchangestrengthen, beef up, fortifymake strong or stronger
changestrengthengain strength
bodystrengthen, tone, tone upgive a healthy elasticity to
strengthen > pronunciation
Soundsstreh'ngthahn
RhymesAachen ... Zukerman: 2572 rhymes with ahn...
English > strengthen: 3 senses > verb 1, change
Meaningmake strong or stronger.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Examples
  • "This exercise will strengthen your upper body"
  • "strengthen the relations between the two countries"
Synonymsbeef up, fortify
Cause tostrengthengain strength
NarrowerbattenSecure with battens
batten, batten down, secureFurnish with battens
brace, steady, stabilize, stabilisesupport or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace / brace
buttressmake stronger or defensible
confirmmake more firm
reinforce, reenforcemake stronger
restrengthenmake strong again
ruggedize, ruggediseproduce in a version designed to withstand rough usage
substantiatesolidify, firm, or strengthen
undergird, brace upmake secure underneath
vitalize, vitalisemake more lively or vigorous
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
Oppositeweakenlessen the strength of
Spanishconsolidar, fortalecer, reforzar
Catalanconsolidar, enfortir, reforçar
Nounsstrengthenera device designed to provide additional strength
strengtheningthe act of increasing the strength of something
English > strengthen: 3 senses > verb 2, change
Meaninggain strength.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s
Example"His body strengthened"
Caused bystrengthen, beef up, fortifymake strong or stronger
Narrowerbackstrengthen by providing with a back or backing
consolidatemake firm or secure
proofmake resistant (to harm)
sandbagprotect or strengthen with sandbags
toughenmake tough / tough / tough / tough or tougher / tougher / tougher / tougher
BroaderchangeUndergo a change
OppositeweakenBecome weaker
Spanishconsolidar, fortalecer, reforzarse, reforzar, robustecer
Catalanconsolidar, enfortir, fortificar, reforçar
Nounsstrengtheningbecoming stronger
English > strengthen: 3 senses > verb 3, body
MeaningGive a healthy elasticity to.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymstone, tone up
Broaderexercise, work outDo physical exercise
Spanishdesentumecer, distender, estirarse, estirar, fortalecer, hacer ejercicio, tonificar
Catalandesentumir, distendre, estirar-se, estirar

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