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reinforce

verb re·in·force \ˌrē-ən-ˈfȯrs\

Simple Definition of reinforce

  • : 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.)

Full Definition of reinforce

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strengthen by additional assistance, material, or support :  make stronger or more pronounced <reinforce levees> <reinforce the elbows of a jacket> <reinforce ideas>

  3. 2 :  to strengthen or increase by fresh additions <reinforce our troops> <were reinforcing their pitching staff>

  4. 3 :  to stimulate (as an experimental animal or a student) with a reinforcer; also :  to encourage (a response) with a reinforcer

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to seek or get reinforcements

re·in·force·able play \-ˈfȯr-sə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of reinforce

  1. The captain sent out another squad to reinforce the troops.

  2. Our camp is reinforced with supplies flown in by helicopter.

  3. The levees will need to be reinforced.

  4. The bad weather forecast only reinforces our decision to leave early tomorrow.

  5. Some critics say that the movie reinforces negative stereotypes about the military.

  6. We do our best to reinforce good conduct in the classroom.



Variants of reinforce

also re·en·force \ˌrē-ən-ˈfȯrs\

Origin of reinforce

re- + inforce, alteration of enforce


First Known Use: 1567


Medical Dictionary

reinforce

play
transitive verb re·in·force \ˌrē-ən-ˈfō(ə)rs, -ˈfȯ(ə)rs\

Medical Definition of reinforce

re·in·forcedre·in·forc·ing

  1. 1:  to strengthen by additional material or support :  make stronger <reinforced with vitamins>

  2. 2:  to stimulate (as an experimental animal or a student) by reinforcement; also :  to encourage (a response) by reinforcement

  3. re·in·force·able \-ə-bəl\play adjective





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