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reinforce

[ ree-in-fawrs, -fohrs ]
/ 藢ri 瑟n藞f蓴rs, -藞fo蕣rs /
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verb (used with object), re路in路forced, re路in路forc路ing.
noun
something that reinforces.
a metal band on the rear part of the bore of a gun, where the explosion occurs.
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Also re路en路force, re-en路force [ree-uhn-fawrs, -fohrs] /藢ri 蓹n藞f蓴rs, -藞fo蕣rs/ .

Origin of reinforce

First recorded in 1590鈥1600; re- + inforce, alteration of enforce

OTHER WORDS FROM reinforce

re路in路forc路er, nounself-re路in路forc路ing, adjectiveun路re路in路forced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for reinforce

reinforce
/ (藢ri藧瑟n藞f蓴藧s) /

verb (tr)
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

Derived forms of reinforce

reinforcement, noun

Word Origin for reinforce

C17: from obsolete renforce, from French renforcer; see re- + inforce enforce
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for reinforce

reinforce
[ r膿鈥材璶-f么rs ]

v.
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.
The American Heritage庐 Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright 漏 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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