Reinforce meaning

rēĭn-fôrs
To strengthen or make stronger, as by patching, propping, adding new material, etc.
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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.

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To give more force or effectiveness to; strengthen.

The news reinforced her hopes.

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To strengthen (a military force) with additional personnel or equipment.
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To strengthen by adding extra support or material.
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To increase the number or amount of; augment.
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To strengthen (a military, naval, or air force) with additional troops, ships, planes, etc.
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To increase the number or amount of.
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To make stronger or more compelling.

To reinforce one's arguments.

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To increase the probability of (a response to a stimulus) by giving a reward or ending a painful stimulus.
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To reward an experimental subject, for example with a reinforcer subsequent to a desired response or performance.
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To encourage a response by means of a reinforcer.
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To strengthen, especially by addition or augmentation.

He reinforced the handle with a metal rod and a bit of tape.

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The right homework will reinforce and complement the lesson!

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To encourage a behavior or idea through repeated stimulus.

Advertising for fast food can reinforce unhealthy dietary tendencies.

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Origin of reinforce

  • re– inforce (variant of enforce)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • re- +"Ž inforce

    From Wiktionary