[ ree-in-fawrs, -fohrs ]
/ ˌri ɪnˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs /
verb (used with object), re·in·forced, re·in·forc·ing.
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.
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Origin of reinforce
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/ (ˌriːɪnˈfɔːs) /
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
C17: from obsolete renforce, from French renforcer; see re- + inforce enforce
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[ rē′ĭn-fôr′sər ]
A stimulus, such as a reward, that in operant conditioning maintains or strengthens a desired response.
[ rē′ĭn-fôrs′ ]
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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