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fortify

Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːrtəfaɪ; ˈfɔːtɪfaɪ/

Translation of fortify in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-fies, -fying, -fied)

  • 1 [Military/Militar] [town/building] fortificar*
    Example sentences
    • He immediately set up a defensive perimeter and fortified his area.
    • I came in from the sides like a well drilled eighteenth century army attacking some fortified town in the Low Countries.
    • Achieving both can fortify a region militarily and put its economy on par with the world's best.
  • 2 (strengthen) [person/determination] fortalecer*, fortificar*; [argument] reforzar* she had a snack to fortify her comió algo para recuperar fuerzas
    Example sentences
    • Teaching involved so much giving out, and the painting returned to Bill a strength that fortified him for his teaching.
    • This power surged from his heart and dispersed to every cell in his body: it fortified him by strengthening his stamina, and increasing his reflexes.
    • After this brief meeting, we were fortified with some basic knowledge about our surroundings, and we were able to forge ahead to explore on our own.
  • 3 3.1 [wine] fortificar*, encabezar* fortified wine vino (masculine) fortificado 3.2 [food/drink] enriquecer* fortified with vitamins enriquecido con vitaminas
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.

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