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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



2. strengthen (change) gain strength

SamplesHis body strengthened.

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

Broader (hypernym)change

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


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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