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beef up, fortify, strengthen
v. make strong or stronger; "This exercise will strengthen your upper body"; "strengthen the relations between the two countries"
fortify, lace, spike
v. add alcohol to (beverages); "the punch is spiked!"
v. add nutrients to; "fortified milk"
build up, gird, fortify, arm
v. prepare oneself for a military confrontation; "The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East"; "troops are building up on the Iraqi border"
fort, fortify
v. enclose by or as if by a fortification
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excite, stimulate
v. act as a stimulant; "The book stimulated her imagination"; "This play stimulates"
assuage, palliate, alleviate, relieve
v. provide physical relief, as from pain; "This pill will relieve your headaches"
v. improve; change for the better; "New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture"
v. enlarge or increase; "The recent speech of the president augmented tensions in the Near East"
invigorate, quicken
v. give life or energy to; "The cold water invigorated him"
bolster up, bolster
v. support and strengthen; "bolster morale"
deepen, heighten, compound, intensify
v. make more intense, stronger, or more marked; "The efforts were intensified", "Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her"; "Pot smokers claim it heightens their awareness"; "This event only deepened my convictions"
v. make better or more attractive; "This sauce will enhance the flavor of the meat"
slack, abate, slake
v. make less active or intense
v. make the chemically affected part of (a negative) denser or more opaque in order produce a stronger contrast between light and dark
mollify, season, temper
v. make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate; "she tempered her criticism"
tincture, instill, infuse, impregnate
v. fill, as with a certain quality; "The heavy traffic tinctures the air with carbon monoxide"
blandish, flatter
v. praise somewhat dishonestly
v. defend with a bulwark
sustain, nurture, nourish
v. provide with nourishment; "We sustained ourselves on bread and water"; "This kind of food is not nourishing for young children"
stab, knife
v. use a knife on; "The victim was knifed to death"
v. make a hole into; "The needle pierced her flesh"
assure, reassure
v. cause to feel sure; give reassurance to; "The airline tried to reassure the customers that the planes were safe"
embolden, recreate, hearten, cheer
v. give encouragement to
v. inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
suit, become
v. enhance the appearance of; "Mourning becomes Electra"; "This behavior doesn't suit you!"
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v. lessen the strength of; "The fever weakened his body"
thin out, cut, reduce, thin, dilute
v. lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; "cut bourbon"
rarefy, attenuate
v. weaken the consistency of (a chemical substance)
v. destress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it
v. weaken mentally or morally
v. make less hostile; win over; "Her charm disarmed the prosecution lawyer completely"
v. deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged
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