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 for strengthen
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Strengthen \Strength"en\, v. i.
     To grow strong or stronger.
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           The young disease, that must subdue at length,
           Grows with his growth, and strengthens with his
           strength.                                --Pope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Strengthen \Strength"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Strengthened; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Strengthening.]
     1. To make strong or stronger; to add strength to; as, to
        strengthen a limb, a bridge, an army; to strengthen an
        obligation; to strengthen authority.
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              Let noble Warwick, Cobham, and the rest, . . .
              With powerful policy strengthen themselves. --Shak.
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     2. To animate; to encourage; to fix in resolution.
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              Charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen
              him.                                  --Deut. iii.
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     Syn: To invigorate; confirm; establish; fortify; animate;
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: make strong or stronger; "This exercise will strengthen
           your upper body"; "strengthen the relations between the two
           countries" [syn: strengthen, beef up, fortify] [ant:
      2: gain strength; "His body strengthened" [ant: weaken]
      3: give a healthy elasticity to; "Let's tone our muscles" [syn:
         tone, tone up, strengthen]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  131 Moby Thesaurus words for "strengthen":
     accelerate, accrue, accumulate, add to, advance, affirm, aggravate,
     animate, anneal, appreciate, attest, augment, authenticate, back,
     back up, balloon, be tough, bear out, beef up, bloat, blow up,
     bolster, boom, boost, brace, brace up, breed, broaden, buttress,
     case harden, certify, cheer, chirk up, circumstantiate, complicate,
     concentrate, condense, confirm, consolidate, corroborate,
     crescendo, deepen, develop, document, double, embolden, encourage,
     endure, energize, enhance, exacerbate, exaggerate, fortify, gain,
     gain strength, gelt, get ahead, gird, go up, grow, hang tough,
     harden, hearten, heat up, heighten, hop up, hot up, increase,
     inspirit, intensify, invigorate, jazz up, key up, magnify,
     make complex, mount, multiply, nerve, nourish, nutrify, prepare,
     probate, proliferate, prop, prove, ramify, ratify, ready, recruit,
     redouble, refresh, reinforce, reinvigorate, rejuvenate, renew,
     restrengthen, rigidify, rise, run up, screw up, sharpen, shoot up,
     shore up, sinew, snowball, soup up, spread, steel, step up,
     stiffen, substantiate, supplement, support, sustain, swell, temper,
     tense, tighten, tone up, toughen, trice up, triple, undergird,
     uphold, validate, verify, vitalize, warrant, wax, whet, widen

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