fort

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈfɔːrt/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/fɔrt/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(fôrt, fōrt)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
fort /fɔrt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a location occupied by troops and surrounded by defensive works.
  2. Militaryany permanent army post.
Idioms
  1. Idiomshold the fort: 
    • to defend one's position against attack or criticism:held the fort against the attacks of the enemy.
    • to maintain the existing state of affairs:Hold the fort until we get back from lunch.

See -fort-.
-fort-, root. 
  1. -fort- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "strong;
    strength.'' This meaning is found in such words as: comfort, discomfort, effort, fort, forte, fortify, fortitude, fortress, uncomfortable.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
fort  (fôrt, fōrt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a strong or fortified place occupied by troops and usually surrounded by walls, ditches, and other defensive works;
    a fortress;
    fortification.
  2. Militaryany permanent army post.
  3. (formerly) a trading post.
  4. Idiomshold the fort: 
    • to defend one's position against attack or criticism.
    • to maintain the existing state of affairs.
  • Latin fortis
  • Middle French, noun, nominal use of adjective, adjectival fort strong
  • 1550–60

fort., 
  1. fortification.
  2. fortified.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
fort /fɔːt/ n
  1. a fortified enclosure, building, or position able to be defended against an enemy
  2. hold the fortinformal to maintain or guard something temporarily
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French, from fort (adj) strong, from Latin fortis
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