Strengthen vs Development - What's the difference?

strengthen | development |


As a verb strengthen

is (lb) to make strong or stronger; to add strength to; to increase the strength of; to fortify; to reinforce.

As a noun development is

(uncountable) the process of developing; growth, directed change.

strengthen

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • (lb) To make strong or stronger; to add strength to; to increase the strength of; to fortify; to reinforce.
  • :
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Let noble Warwick, Cobham, and the rest,/ With powerful policy strengthen themselves.
  • *1851 , Anonymous, Arthur Hamilton, and His Dog
  • *:A little hardship, and a little struggling with the rougher elements of life, will perchance but strengthen and increase his courage, and prepare him for the conflicts and struggles of after years.
  • (lb) To animate; to give moral strength to; to encourage; to fix in resolution; to hearten.
  • *(Bible), (w) iii. 28
  • *:Charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him.
  • *
  • *:"A fine man, that Dunwody, yonder," commented the young captain, as they parted, and as he turned to his prisoner. "We'll see him on in Washington some day. He is strengthening his forces now against Mr. Benton out there.."
  • (lb) To augment; to improve; to intensify.
  • (lb) To grow strong or stronger.
  • Antonyms

    * atrophy

    Derived terms

    * strengthener

    development

    Noun

  • (uncountable) The process of developing; growth, directed change.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-19, author= Ian Sample
  • , volume=189, issue=6, page=34, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Irregular bedtimes may affect children's brains , passage=Irregular bedtimes may disrupt healthy brain development in young children, according to a study of intelligence and sleeping habits.  ¶ Going to bed at a different time each night affected girls more than boys, but both fared worse on mental tasks than children who had a set bedtime, researchers found.}}
  • (uncountable, biology) The process by which a mature multicellular organism or part of an organism is produced by the addition of new cells.
  • *
  • Of more significance in the nature of branch development ; in the Jubulaceae, as in the Porellaceae, branches are acroscopic and normally replace a ventral leaf lobe.
  • (countable) Something which has developed.
  • (real estate, countable) A project consisting of one or more commercial or residential buildings, real estate development.
  • (real estate, uncountable) The building of a real estate development.
  • (uncountable) The application of new ideas to practical problems (''cf. research).
  • (chess, uncountable) The active placement of the pieces, or the process of achieving it.
  • (music) The second section of a piece of music in sonata form.