strengthen etymology

English word strengthen comes from English -en, English strength

Detailed word origin of strengthen

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-en English (eng) (dialectal, or, non-standard, rare) Used to form the plural of nouns. Can be used to denote the plural form of a small number of English words, the majority of whose etymology goes back to the n-stem (i.e. weak noun) declension of Germanic languages. Used to form the diminutives of certain nouns. When attached to certain adjectives, it forms a transitive verb whose meaning is, to make [...]
strength English (eng) (obsolete) A strong place; a stronghold.. A positive attribute.. The intensity of a force or power; potency.. The quality or degree of being strong.. The strongest part of something; that on which confidence or reliance is based. (obsolete) To give strength to; to strengthen. [12th-17th c.].
strengthen English (eng) (intransitive) To grow strong or stronger.. (transitive) To animate; to give moral strength to; to encourage; to fix in resolution; to hearten.. (transitive) To augment; to improve; to intensify.. (transitive) To make strong or stronger; to add strength to; to increase the strength of; to fortify; to reinforce.

Words with the same origin as strengthen

Descendants of -en
awaken beaten brethren brighten chicken freshen golden lighten loosen straighten tighten weaken wooden