To reinforce is defined as to increase the number or amount, or to make stronger.verb
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- to strengthen (a military, naval, or air force) with additional troops, ships, planes, etc.
- to increase the number or amount of
- to strengthen or make stronger, as by patching, propping, adding new material, etc.
- to make stronger or more compelling: to reinforce one's arguments
- Psychol. to increase the probability of (a response to a stimulus) by giving a reward or ending a painful stimulus
Origin: re- + inforce, var. of enforce
- reinforcer noun
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also re-en·force or re·en·forcetransitive verb re·in·forced also re-en·forced or re·en·forced, re·in·forc·ing also re-en·forc·ing or re·en·forc·ing, re·in·forc·es also re-en·forc·es or re·en·forc·es
- To give more force or effectiveness to; strengthen: The news reinforced her hopes.
- To strengthen (a military force) with additional personnel or equipment.
- To strengthen by adding extra support or material.
- To increase the number or amount of; augment.
- Psychology a. To reward (an experimental subject, for example) with a reinforcer subsequent to a desired response or performance.b. To encourage (a response) by means of a reinforcer.
Origin: re- + inforce (variant of enforce).
- reˌin·forceˈa·ble adjective
reinforce - Medical Definition
- To give more force or effectiveness to something; strengthen.
- To reward an individual, especially an experimental subject, with a reinforcer subsequent to a desired response or performance.
- To stimulate a response by means of a reinforcer.