strengthen Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “strengthen” in the English Dictionary

"strengthen" in British English

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strengthenverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈstreŋ.θən/
B2 to make something ​stronger or more ​effective, or to ​becomestronger or more ​effective: They have been strengthening ​theirborderdefences in ​preparation for ​war. His ​battle against ​cancer has strengthened his belief in ​God. The ​accident strengthens the case for ​bettersafetymeasures at ​fairgrounds. The ​bankloan has ​greatly strengthened ​ourfinancialposition. The organization's ​aim is to strengthen the ​culturalties between ​Britain and Germany. The ​rise in US ​interestratescaused the ​dollar to strengthen (= ​increase in ​value) against all the ​Asiancurrencies.
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(Definition of strengthen from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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strengthenverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈstreŋk·θən, ˈstreŋ-/

strengthen verb [I/T] (BECOME EFFECTIVE)

to ​become more ​effective, or to make something more ​effective: [T] Somehow his ​illness strengthened ​theirmarriage and ​brought them ​closer together. [T] Parents can strengthen ​ties with ​theirchildren.

strengthen verb [I/T] (BECOME POWERFUL)

to ​become more ​powerful or more ​difficult to ​break, or to make something ​stronger: [T] If something isn’t done to strengthen the ​railroadbridge, it may ​collapse. [I] The ​tone of her ​voice strengthened ​suddenly. [T] Exercise will strengthen ​yourlegs.
(Definition of strengthen from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"strengthen" in Business English

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uk   us   /ˈstreŋθən/
[T] to make something more ​effective or powerful: A discussion ​paperaiming to strengthen the EU's ​competitionregime has been ​circulated amongst ​commissioners. Research and ​developmentexpenses amounted to €76m in the first six months, reflecting the company's desire to further strengthen its ​technologicalleadership. Recent efforts have been made to strengthen the role of outside ​directors.strengthen your position/performance/control Mobile ​operators need to strengthen their ​control over ​revenue and ​profit.strengthen laws/regulations/mechanisms The Oil Conservation Division is in the ​process of ​trying to strengthen ​regulations over ​oilwastepits.
[I or T] FINANCE if the ​financialposition of a ​company, ​economy, etc. strengthens, or if something strengthens it, it ​improves: Proceeds of the ​sale will be used to ​pay off existing ​debt in ​order to strengthen the ​balance sheet. Year-on-year ​GDPgrowth continued to strengthen in the first ​ strengthened (by sth) Their ​marketposition has been strengthened by the ​purchase of their ​main US ​rival.
[I or T] MONEY if a ​currency strengthens, or if something strengthens it, it ​increases in ​value compared to other ​currencies: The ​euro strengthened against the ​dollar. a strengthening ​dollar/​euro/​yen, etc.
strengthen sb's hand to ​improve someone's chances of ​success: A ​deal with JFK ​airport would strengthen our ​hand in ​winning more ​overseascontracts.
(Definition of strengthen from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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