re·in·force verb \ˌrē-ən-ˈfȯrs\
: to strengthen (a group of people) with new supplies or more people
: to strengthen (something, such as clothing or a building) by adding more material for support
: to encourage or give support to (an idea, behavior, feeling, etc.)
: to strengthen by additional assistance, material, or support : make stronger or more pronounced <reinforce levees> <reinforce the elbows of a jacket> <reinforce ideas>
: to strengthen or increase by fresh additions <reinforce our troops> <were reinforcing their pitching staff>
: to stimulate (as an experimental animal or a student) with a reinforcer; also : to encourage (a response) with a reinforcer
Variants of REINFORCE
re·in·force also re·en·force \ˌrē-ən-ˈfȯrs\
Examples of REINFORCE
- The captain sent out another squad to reinforce the troops.
- Our camp is reinforced with supplies flown in by helicopter.
- The levees will need to be reinforced.
- The bad weather forecast only reinforces our decision to leave early tomorrow.
- Some critics say that the movie reinforces negative stereotypes about the military.
- We do our best to reinforce good conduct in the classroom.
Origin of REINFORCE
alteration of enforce
First Known Use: 1567
Rhymes with REINFORCE
, Crazy Horse
, cutting horse
, harness horse
, pommel horse
, quarter horse
, rocking horse
, saddle horse
, tour de force
, Trojan horse
, vaulting horse
re·in·force transitive verb \ˌrē-ən-ˈfō(ə)rs, -ˈfȯ(ə)rs\ (Medical Dictionary)
: to strengthen by additional material or support : make stronger <reinforced with vitamins>
: to stimulate (as an experimental animal or a student) by reinforcement; also : to encourage (a response) by reinforcement
—re·in·force·able \-ə-bəl\ adjective
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