Pronunciation: (fôrt, fōrt), [key]
1. a strong or fortified place occupied by troops and usually surrounded by walls, ditches, and other defensive works; a fortress; fortification.
2. any permanent army post.
3. (formerly) a trading post.
4. hold the fort,
a. to defend one's position against attack or criticism.
b. to maintain the existing state of affairs.
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