[ree-uh n-fawrs, -fohrs]
- to strengthen with some added piece, support, or material: to reinforce a wall.
- to strengthen (a military force) with additional personnel, ships, or aircraft: to reinforce a garrison.
- to strengthen; make more forcible or effective: to reinforce efforts.
- to augment; increase: to reinforce a supply.
- Psychology. to strengthen the probability of (a response to a given stimulus) by giving or withholding a reward.
- something that reinforces.
- a metal band on the rear part of the bore of a gun, where the explosion occurs.
Also reenforce, re-enforce.
Origin of reinforce
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Examples from the Web for re-enforce
They start south but perhaps they turn, and go to re-enforce the centre.The Boy Scouts on the Trail
By it man learns to re-enforce the moments by the hours, and the days by the years.The Moral Instruction of Children
The garrison of that city was reduced as much as possible to re-enforce his column.Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field
Thomas W. Knox
Are these mainly ornamental or do they re-enforce the thought?Autobiography and Selected Essays
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Turkey has been trying to send fresh troops to the island to re-enforce her present army.
- to give added strength or support to
- to give added emphasis to; stress, support, or increasehis rudeness reinforced my determination
- to give added support to (a military force) by providing more men, supplies, etc
- psychol to reward an action or response of (a human or animal) so that it becomes more likely to occur again
C17: from obsolete renforce, from French renforcer; see re- + inforce enforce
Word Origin and History for re-enforce
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.
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