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reinforcement

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noun re·in·force·ment \ˌrē-ən-ˈfȯrs-mənt\

Simple Definition of reinforcement

  • reinforcements : people and supplies that are sent to help or support an army, military force, etc.

  • : the act of strengthening or encouraging something

  • : a thing that strengthens or encourages something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of reinforcement

  1. 1 :  the action of reinforcing :  the state of being reinforced

  2. 2 :  something that reinforces

Examples of reinforcement in a sentence

  1. We're outnumbered! Call for reinforcements!

  2. We need to prevent enemy reinforcements from reaching the front line.

  3. The bridge is in need of reinforcement.

  4. You should encourage good behavior with positive reinforcement.



1602

First Known Use of reinforcement

1602


REINFORCEMENT Defined for Kids

reinforcement

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noun re·in·force·ment \ˌrē-ən-ˈfȯr-smənt\

Definition of reinforcement for Students

  1. 1 :  people or things (as supplies) sent to help or support

  2. 2 :  the act of making something stronger or able to last longer <The bridge is in need of reinforcement.>




Medical Dictionary

reinforcement

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noun re·in·force·ment \ˌrē-ən-ˈfōr-smənt, -ˈfȯr-\

Medical Definition of reinforcement

  1. :  the action of causing a subject (as a student or an experimental animal) to learn to give or to increase the frequency of a desired response that in classical conditioning involves the repeated presentation of an unconditioned stimulus (as the sight of food) paired with a conditioned stimulus (as the sound of a bell) and that in operant conditioning involves the use of a reward following a correct response or a punishment following an incorrect response; also :  the reward, punishment, or unconditioned stimulus used in reinforcement—compare recruitment 1





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