strengthen

verb
ADVERB
considerably, enormously, greatly, significantly, substantially

The success in the election strengthened the party's position considerably.

further

This merger will further strengthen the company and ensure its continued success.

merely

This temporary setback merely strengthened her resolve.

VERB + STRENGTHEN
help (to), serve to
be designed to, be used to

These exercises are designed to strengthen your back muscles.

PREPOSITION
against

The euro has strengthened against the dollar.

PHRASES
an attempt to strengthen sth, an effort to strengthen sth
be aimed at strengthening sth

The new law is aimed at strengthening protective measures for workers.

measures to strengthen sth
Strengthen is used with these nouns as the object: ↑accountability, ↑alliance, ↑argument, ↑balance sheet, ↑belief, ↑bond, ↑case, ↑conclusion, ↑confidence, ↑connection, ↑conviction, ↑credentials, ↑defence, ↑economy, ↑faith, ↑grip, ↑hand, ↑hold, ↑impression, ↑institution, ↑link, ↑military, ↑motivation, ↑movement, ↑muscle, ↑opposition, ↑partnership, ↑position, ↑regime, ↑relation, ↑relationship, ↑role, ↑security, ↑squad, ↑support, ↑system, ↑tie

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  • strengthen — strength‧en [ˈstreŋθn, ˈstrenθn] verb 1. [intransitive, transitive] ECONOMICS if a currency strengthens, or something strengthens it, the currency increases in value: • The Singapore dollar has gradually strengthened against the pound and the… …   Financial and business terms

  • strengthen — strengthen, *invigorate, fortify, energize, reinforce can mean to make strong or stronger. Strengthen is the most general term, applicable not only to persons or their physical, mental, or moral powers but also to things material or immaterial… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Strengthen — Strength en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Strengthened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Strengthening}.] 1. To make strong or stronger; to add strength to; as, to strengthen a limb, a bridge, an army; to strengthen an obligation; to strengthen authority. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • strengthen — [v1] make more forceful, powerful add, add fuel to fire*, anneal, ascend, bolster, brace, build up, buttress, confirm, corroborate, empower, enhance, enlarge, establish, extend, fortify, harden, heighten, increase, intensify, invigorate, justify …   New thesaurus

  • Strengthen — Strength en, v. i. To grow strong or stronger. [1913 Webster] The young disease, that must subdue at length, Grows with his growth, and strengthens with his strength. Pope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • strengthen — index aid, bear (support), compound, concentrate (consolidate), corroborate, develop, document …   Law dictionary

  • strengthen — (v.) c.1300, from STRENGTH (Cf. strength) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Strengthened; strengthening …   Etymology dictionary

  • strengthen — ► VERB ▪ make or become stronger. DERIVATIVES strengthener noun …   English terms dictionary

  • strengthen — [streŋkthən, streŋthən; ] often [, strenthən] vt., vi. to increase in strength; make or become stronger strengthener n …   English World dictionary

  • strengthen — [[t]stre̱ŋθ(ə)n[/t]] ♦♦♦ strengthens, strengthening, strengthened 1) VERB If something strengthens a person or group or if they strengthen their position, they become more powerful and secure, or more likely to succeed. [V n] ...the new… …   English dictionary

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