Strengthen vs Transform - What's the difference?

strengthen | transform |

As verbs the difference between strengthen and transform

is that strengthen is (lb) to make strong or stronger; to add strength to; to increase the strength of; to fortify; to reinforce while transform is to change greatly the appearance or form of.

As a noun transform is

(mathematics) the result of a transformation.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(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




    (en verb)
  • To change greatly the appearance or form of.
  • The alchemists sought to transform lead into gold.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Love may transform me to an oyster.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2012, month=March-April
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  • To change the nature, condition or function of; to change in nature, disposition, heart, character, etc.; to convert.
  • * Bible, Romans xii. 2
  • Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.
  • (mathematics) To subject to a transformation; to change into another form without altering the value.
  • (electricity) To subject to the action of a transformer.
  • (genetics) To subject (a cell) to transformation.
  • To undergo a transformation.
  • Synonyms

    * (change greatly the appearance or form of) alter, change, convert, make over, transmogrify * (sense) alter, change * (undergo a transformation) alter, change


    (en noun)
  • (mathematics) the result of a transformation
  • Derived terms

    * Fourier transform