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verb strengthen pronunciation in American English /ˈstreŋθən/
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I/you/we/theystrengthen
he/she/itstrengthens
present participlestrengthening
past tensestrengthened
past participlestrengthened
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to make your body physically stronger or more healthy
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to become physically stronger

      Doctors say his injured shoulder will take time to strengthen.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to make something stronger so that it will take more weight or force without breaking

    The bridge will need to be strengthened.

  3. 5
    [transitive] to give support to a position or argument

    The new evidence strengthens Wilkins’ case.

  4. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] to increase the value of the money of a country

    The appointment of a new premier in Italy helped strengthen the lira.

    The dollar continues to strengthen against the yen.

  5. 7
    [intransitive] if the wind or a current strengthens, it becomes faster or more powerful

    The gale continued to strengthen throughout the night.

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