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strengthen

verb
     
strength‧en W3
1

feeling/belief/relationship

[intransitive and transitive] to become stronger or make something stronger [≠ weaken]:
Our friendship has steadily strengthened over the years.
Steve's opposition only strengthened her resolve to go ahead.
strengthen something's ties/bonds/links etc
The university hopes to strengthen its ties with the local community.
The company plans to strengthen its hand (=make itself more powerful) in Europe by opening an office in Spain.
2

team/army etc

[transitive] to make an organization, army etc more powerful, especially by increasing the number or quality of the people in it [≠ weaken]:
The team has been strengthened by the arrival of two new players.
3

financial situation

[transitive]B if the financial situation of a country or company strengthens or is strengthened, it improves or is made to improve [≠ weaken]:
measures to strengthen the economy
4

money

[intransitive and transitive] to increase in value, or to increase the value of money [≠ weaken]:
The pound has strengthened against other currencies.
5

body/structure

[transitive] to make something such as your body or a building stronger [≠ weaken]:
Metal supports were added to strengthen the outer walls.
6

proof/reason

[transitive] to help prove something:
Fresh evidence has greatly strengthened the case against him.
7

wind/current

[intransitive] to increase in force:
The wind had strengthened during the night.

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