Definition of strengthen in English:

strengthen

Line breaks: strength¦en
Pronunciation: /ˈstrɛŋθ(ə)n
 
, -ŋkθ(ə)n/

verb

Phrases

strengthen someone's hand (or hands)

Enable or encourage a person to act more vigorously or effectively: the military aid will only strengthen the hand of the army
More example sentences
  • In the short run the coup had the effect of strengthening his hand.
  • That strengthens Pakistan's hand in its dealings with India.
  • The float also strengthens its hand and will bring capital into the business that will be used to reduce debt.

Derivatives

strengthener

noun
More example sentences
  • Mr Proudfoot will use poultices to remove encrusted dust and grime before treating the stone with chemical strengtheners to prevent cracking and erosion.
  • Calcium and vitamin D are good general bone strengtheners.
  • Dips target your lower pectorals, triceps, and shoulders - they are an ideal upper-body strengthener.

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