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English verb: strengthen

1. strengthen (change) make strong or stronger


SamplesThis exercise will strengthen your upper body.
Strengthen the relations between the two countries.


Synonymsbeef up, fortify


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)batten, batten, batten down, brace, brace up, buttress, confirm, reenforce, reinforce, restrengthen, ruggedise, ruggedize, secure, stabilise, stabilize, steady, substantiate, undergird, vitalise, vitalize


Causestrengthen


Antonymsweaken

2. strengthen (change) gain strength


SamplesHis body strengthened.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)back, consolidate, proof, sandbag, toughen


Antonymsweaken

3. strengthen (body) give a healthy elasticity to


SamplesLet's tone our muscles.


Synonymstone, tone up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)exercise, work out









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