- 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 reenforce
Historical Examples of reenforce
And a big diamond glinted as though to reenforce the remark.In to the Yukon
William Seymour Edwards
There was no time even to call a single man of the Folk to reenforce him.Darkness and Dawn
George Allan England
Dallas called, moving a kitchen table to reenforce the lock.When a Man Marries
Mary Roberts Rinehart
In order to reenforce the armies and to push the war through, there was plainly but one course to be followed—conscription.Abraham Lincoln and the Union
Nathaniel W. Stephenson
Moreover, a new factor had come in to reenforce the soldier's instinctive preference for gentlemen over shopkeepers.The Canadian Dominion
Oscar D. Skelton
- 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 reenforce
- 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.