[ ree-in-fawrs-muhnt, -fohrs- ]
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  1. the act of reinforcing.

  2. the state of being reinforced.

  1. something that reinforces or strengthens.

  2. Often reinforcements. an additional supply of personnel, ships, aircraft, etc., for a military force.

  3. a system of steel bars, strands, wires, or mesh for absorbing the tensile and shearing stresses in concrete work.

  4. Psychology.

    • a procedure, as a reward or punishment, that alters a response to a stimulus.

    • the act of reinforcing a response.

Origin of reinforcement

First recorded in 1600–10; reinforce + -ment

Other words from reinforcement

  • non·re·in·force·ment, noun

Words Nearby reinforcement Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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