- 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.
Origin of reinforce
Examples from the Web for re-enforce
Historical Examples of 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
Thomas Henry Huxley
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
Word Origin for reinforce
Word Origin and History for re-enforce
- 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.