- To reinforce is defined as to increase the number or amount, or to make stronger.
An example of to reinforce is adding additional facts to prove an argument.
transitive verbreinforced, reinforcing
- 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 of reinforcere- + inforce, variant, variety of enforce
also re-en·force or re·en·force
transitive verbre·in·forced, re·in·forc·ing, re·in·forc·es also re-en·forced or re-en·forc·ing or re-en·forc·es or re·en·forced or re·en·forc·ing 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 of reinforcere– + inforce (variant of enforce).
(third-person singular simple present reinforces, present participle reinforcing, simple past and past participle reinforced)
- To strengthen, especially by addition or augmentation.
- He reinforced the handle with a metal rod and a bit of tape.
- To emphasize or review.
- The right homework will reinforce and complement the lesson!
- To encourage a behavior or idea through repeated stimulus.
- Advertising for fast food can reinforce unhealthy dietary tendencies.
re- + inforce