strengthen Definition

  • 1to make something stronger or more solid
  • 2to become stronger or more solid

Using strengthen: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "strengthen" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Exercise can help strengthen your muscles.

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    The company is taking measures to strengthen its financial position.

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    The government is working to strengthen the economy.

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    We need to strengthen our relationship with our allies.

strengthen Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for strengthen

Phrases with strengthen

  • to become more determined to do something


    After the setback, she strengthened her resolve to succeed.

  • to improve one's situation or advantage in a particular area


    The new evidence helped to strengthen the prosecution's position in the trial.

  • to hold onto something more tightly


    He strengthened his grip on the rope and pulled himself up.

Origins of strengthen

from Middle English 'strengthe' + '-en', meaning 'to make strong'


Summary: strengthen in Brief

The verb 'strengthen' [ˈstrɛŋkθən] means to make something stronger or more solid, or to become stronger or more solid. It can refer to physical objects, such as muscles, or abstract concepts, such as relationships or positions. Examples include 'Exercise can help strengthen your muscles,' and 'The government is working to strengthen the economy.' 'Strengthen' can also be used in phrases like 'strengthen one's resolve,' meaning to become more determined, and 'strengthen one's position,' meaning to improve one's advantage.

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