from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To give more force or effectiveness to; strengthen: The news reinforced her hopes.
- transitive v. To strengthen (a military force) with additional personnel or equipment.
- transitive v. To strengthen by adding extra support or material.
- transitive v. To increase the number or amount of; augment.
- transitive v. Psychology To reward (an experimental subject, for example) with a reinforcer subsequent to a desired response or performance.
- transitive v. Psychology To encourage (a response) by means of a reinforcer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To strengthen, especially by addition or augmentation.
- v. To emphasize or review.
- v. To encourage a behavior or idea through repeated stimulus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. See reënforce, v. t.
- n. See reënforce, n.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To add new force, strength, or weight to; strengthen: as, to reinforce an argument.
- Specifically Milit., to strengthen with additional military or naval forces, as troops, ships, etc.
- To strengthen any part, of an object by an additional thickness, support, or other means.
- To enforce; compel.
- n. An additional thickness or support imparted to any part of an object in order to strengthen it.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. strengthen and support with rewards
- v. make stronger
re- + inforce (variant of enforce).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
re- + inforce (Wiktionary)