fort vs fortify what difference

what is difference between fort and fortify

English

Etymology

From Middle English fort, from Middle French fort (strong) (adjective use is from Old French). Doublet of fortis and forte.

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /fɔɹt/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /fɔːt/
  • (rhotic, without the horsehoarse merger) IPA(key): /fo(ː)ɹt/
  • (non-rhotic, without the horsehoarse merger) IPA(key): /foət/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)t
  • Homophone: forte (one pronunciation); fought (non-rhotic accents with the horse–hoarse merger)

Noun

fort (plural forts)

  1. A fortified defensive structure stationed with troops.
  2. Any permanent army post.
  3. (historical) An outlying trading-station, as in British North America.
  4. A structure improvised from furniture, etc. for playing games.
    Synonym: den
    The kids built a fort out of chairs and pillows.

Synonyms

  • (fortified defensive structure): bastion, bulwark, bunker, castle, citadel, donjon, fortification, fortress, foxhole, keep, motte and bailey, rampart, stronghold
  • (permanent army post): air base, armory, arsenal, base, camp, headquarters, supply depot, watchtower

Derived terms

Related terms

  • fortress
  • fortification
  • hold the fort

Descendants

  • Sranan Tongo: foto

Translations

Verb

fort (third-person singular simple present forts, present participle forting, simple past and past participle forted)

  1. To create a fort, fortifications, a strong point, or a redoubt.

Anagrams

  • frot

Catalan

Etymology

From Old Occitan fort, from Latin fortis, fortem (strong), from Old Latin forctis, fortis, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerǵʰ- (to rise, high, hill).

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic, Valencian) IPA(key): /ˈfɔɾt/
  • (Central) IPA(key): /ˈfɔrt/
  • Rhymes: -ɔɾt

Adjective

fort (feminine forta, masculine plural forts, feminine plural fortes)

  1. strong (forceful, powerful)
    Antonyms: feble, dèbil
  2. strong (durable, resistant)
  3. strong (potent, having a high degree of intensity)

Derived terms

  • caixa forta
  • enfortir
  • fortament
  • fortesa
  • interacció forta

Related terms

  • força
  • forçar
  • fortalesa

Adverb

fort

  1. strongly

Noun

fort m (plural forts, feminine forta)

  1. A strong person.
  2. strength (the strongest part of something)
  3. A fort or other defensive construction.

Interjection

fort

  1. Expressing approval of a punishment or misfortune suffered by another.

Further reading

  • “fort” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
  • “fort” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.
  • “fort” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
  • “fort” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.

Danish

Noun

fort n (singular definite fortet, plural indefinite forter)

  1. fort

References

  • “fort” in Den Danske Ordbog

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɔrt

Noun

fort n (plural forten, diminutive fortje n)

  1. castle
  2. fort

Descendants

  • Negerhollands: fort
  • Skepi Creole Dutch: fort
  • Papiamentu: fòrti, forti

Anagrams

  • trof

French

Etymology

From Old French fort, from Latin fortis, fortem (strong), from Old Latin forctis, fortis, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerǵʰ- (to rise, high, hill).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fɔʁ/
  • Rhymes: -ɔʁ

Adjective

fort (feminine singular forte, masculine plural forts, feminine plural fortes)

  1. strong; powerful
  2. (transitive with en) (informal) skilled, proficient, successful, sometimes translated “good” (often used in reference to academic subjects)
  3. (transitive with de) who can count on

Synonyms

  • ferme
  • grand
  • gros
  • robuste

Derived terms

Antonyms

  • faible

Adverb

fort

  1. strongly
  2. much, a lot
    • 2001, Le Funambule, page 141, →ISBN
      Alors on ferme les yeux, on a fort envie de quelque chose et on se l’offre.

      So we close our eyes, we really fancy something and we’re going to take it.
  3. (when preceding an adjective) very (the adjective)

Derived terms

  • avoir fort à faire

Related terms

  • fortement
  • fortifier

Noun

fort m (plural forts)

  1. A fort

Related terms

  • forteresse
  • fortification

Further reading

  • “fort” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

German

Etymology

From Middle High German vort, Old High German forth, Proto-Germanic *furþą, compare English forth, Dutch voort.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [fɔɐ̯t]

Adverb

fort

  1. away
  2. gone
  3. going on, continuing

Derived terms

  • fortkommen
  • in einem fort
  • usf.

Related terms

  • Fortbildung, Fortgang, Fortlaufen, Fortschritt, Fortzug

Further reading

  • “fort” in Duden online

Lombard

Etymology

Akin to Italian forte and French fort, from Latin fortis.

Adjective

fort

  1. strong

Middle French

Etymology

From Old French fort.

Adjective

fort m (feminine singular forte, masculine plural fors, feminine plural fortes)

  1. strong

Descendants

  • English: fort
  • French: fort

Norman

Etymology

From Old French fort, from Latin fortis, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerǵʰ-.

Adjective

fort m

  1. strong

Derived terms

  • fortement (strongly)

Noun

fort m (plural forts)

  1. (Jersey, Guernsey, military, etc.) fort

Norwegian Bokmål

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fuʈ/

Etymology 1

From Middle Low German vort

Adverb

fort (comparative fortere, superlative fortest)

  1. fast, quick (adverb), quickly

Etymology 2

From French fort

Noun

fort n (definite singular fortet, indefinite plural fort or forter, definite plural forta or fortene)

  1. (military) a fort

References

  • “fort” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology 1

From Middle Low German vort.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /furt/ (example of pronunciation)

Adjective

fort (indefinite singular fort, definite singular and plural forte, comparative fortare, indefinite superlative fortast, definite superlative fortaste)

  1. quick
Synonyms
  • snøgg
Antonyms
  • treg
  • sakte

Adverb

fort

  1. quickly
Synonyms
  • snøgt
Antonyms
  • tregt
  • sakte

Etymology 2

From French fort.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fɔrt/ (example of pronunciation)

Noun

fort n (definite singular fortet, indefinite plural fort, definite plural forta)

  1. fortress
Derived terms
  • kystfort

References

  • “fort” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Old Dutch

Adverb

fort

  1. away

References

  • Altniederfränkischer Psalm 18

Old French

Etymology

From Latin fortis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɔrt/
  • Rhymes: -ɔrt

Adjective

fort m (oblique and nominative feminine singular fort or forte)

  1. strong

Declension

Adverb

fort

  1. strongly

Related terms

  • force
  • forment
  • forteresce

Descendants

  • English: fort
  • Middle French: fort
    • French: fort

Old Irish

Pronoun

fort

  1. second-person singular of for
    on you

Descendants

  • Irish: ort
  • Manx: ort
  • Scottish Gaelic: ort

Polish

Etymology

Ultimately from Latin fortis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fɔrt/

Noun

fort m inan

  1. fortress (fortified place)

Declension

Synonyms

  • barbakan
  • koszary
  • twierdza

Related terms

  • fortyfikacja

Romanian

Etymology

From French fort.

Noun

fort n (plural forturi)

  1. fort, fortification

Declension


Swedish

Etymology 1

Attested since 1609 according to Nationalencyklopedins Ordbok, from Middle Low German fôrt (away, further, forward), which is used adverbially (forts) with the same meaning in Low German. Related to för (“fore”), före, (“before”) and forsla (“transport; carry; haul”).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfʊʈ/

Adverb

fort

  1. quickly/quick, fast
See also
  • fart
  • fort-
  • forta
  • fortkörning
  • snabbt

Etymology 2

Attested since 1651 according to Nationalencyklopedins Ordbok. From French fort.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɔʈ/

Noun

fort n

  1. a fort
Usage notes
  • Permanent (stone) fortifications in Europe are called fästning, while fort (and skans) is used for less permanent (earth and wood) structures and for forts in America.
Declension
Related terms
  • fortifiera
  • fortifikation


English

Etymology

From Middle English fortifien, from Old French fortifier, from Latin fortificō.

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfɔɹtɪfaɪ/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɔːtɪfaɪ/
  • Hyphenation: for‧ti‧fy

Verb

fortify (third-person singular simple present fortifies, present participle fortifying, simple past and past participle fortified)

  1. (military) To increase the defenses of; to strengthen and secure by military works; to render defensible against an attack by hostile forces. [from early 15th c.]
  2. (figuratively) To impart strength or vigor to.
  3. (wine) To add spirits to wine to increase the alcohol content. [from 1880]
  4. (food) To increase the nutritional value of food by adding ingredients. [from 1939]
    • 1979, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (volume 33, number 7, July 1979, page 47)
      Compare the nutrition information label of a regular ready-to-eat fortified cereal with that of a presweetened brand and you’ll note that, although the sweetened one’s sugar content is higher, the fortification is virtually identical.

Synonyms

  • (To strengthen military defenses): castellate, incastle, incastellate; see also strengthen and secure
  • (To impart strength): See also Thesaurus:strengthen

Derived terms

  • biofortify

Related terms

  • fort
  • fortification
  • fortress

Translations


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