Definition of fortify in English:


Line breaks: for|tify
Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːtɪfʌɪ

verb (fortifies, fortifying, fortified)

[with object]
  • 2 (often as adjective fortified) Add spirits to (wine) to make port, sherry, etc.: fortified wine
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    • Depending on the style of the wine, sherry is fortified with grape spirit known as aguardiente to between 15.5 and 22 per cent.
    • The family of sweet fortified wines include Port, Madeira, Malmsey, Vermouth and Muscat de Beaumes de Venise.
    • Spirit or fortified wine is heated gently (in a ladle or small pan) until the alcohol it contains begins to vaporize, then ignited, poured over the food, and allowed to burn.
    add spirits/alcohol to, strengthen
  • 2.1Increase the nutritive value of (food) by adding vitamins.
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    • Because many American foods are fortified with vitamin A, deficiency is very rare in individuals who do not have certain chronic intestinal illnesses.
    • The body more readily absorbs folic acid from vitamin supplements and fortified foods than folate from food.
    • Margarine is fortified with added vitamins A and D to bring their levels up to those naturally present in butter.
    add vitamins/minerals to, boost, improve
    informal beef up



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  • Distance from the likely west coast anchorage to the fortifiable peninsula is about 25 nautical miles.
  • School based screening, usually performed by a school nurse, is a fortifiable process for mass screening.
  • If this meant the relinquishment of territory to achieve dominant and fortifiable terrain and features, so be it.


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  • In fact, according to the country's regulations on food fortifiers, milk is not on the list of those foods to which calcium can be legally added.
  • Mother's milk alone cannot meet all the nutrient needs of very low birthweight infants, and therefore the addition of a commercial human milk fortifier during early life is recommended.
  • Mix the grout with a mixture of 50/50 water and grout fortifier.


late Middle English: from French fortifier, from late Latin fortificare, from Latin fortis 'strong'.

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