American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To give more force or effectiveness to; strengthen: The news reinforced her hopes.
- v. To strengthen (a military force) with additional personnel or equipment.
- v. To strengthen by adding extra support or material.
- v. To increase the number or amount of; augment.
- v. Psychology To reward (an experimental subject, for example) with a reinforcer subsequent to a desired response or performance.
- v. Psychology To encourage (a response) by means of a reinforcer.
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. A strengthening patch or additional thickness sewed round a cringle or eyelet-hole in a sail or tentcover.
- v. transitive To strengthen, especially by addition or augmentation.
- v. transitive To emphasize or review.
- v. transitive To encourage a behavior or idea through repeated stimulus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. strengthen and support with rewards
- v. make stronger
- re- + inforce (Wiktionary)
- re- + inforce (variant of enforce). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Sure, if the message you want to reinforce is that working-class people are to be feared and loathed.”
“What I am trying to reinforce is that we all have experiences in our lives.”
“When the calls reinforce a message that a candidate is carrying, then they're not always a bad investment.”
“WHITFIELD: And on one of the issues or two of the issues that you both initially received a lot of, I guess, flack for from some segments of the community, you mention reinforce the English words and stay away from rap.”
“DAVID GRANGE (RET), CNN MILITARY ANALYST: Well, why don't we use the word reinforce what we have there in order to try to win this thing.”
“These crude labels reinforce a sense of division that cuts off the great majority of Americans from their own non-special interests -- the desire to work at a job that affords a decent living; to live in a decent home and secure health care; to educate their children, take a vacation every now and again, and eventually retire.”
“The last thing you want is to have your veep's name reinforce your opponent's brand—and the way Americans get their news often as background noise, half-listened to is a terrible environment into which to insert a Kaine to challenge a McCain.”
“That resolution created UNMOVIC, the replacement to UNSCOM and gave it the task of determining the remaining disarmament questions and to elaborate a plan to resolve those questions with Iraq's cooperation, in what was called reinforce ongoing monitoring and verification plan.”
“The ordinary sights consist of two pieces of bronze gun-metal, one of which, called the reinforce-sight, is a fixed point, firmly secured to the sight-mass, upon the upper surface of the gun between the trunnions.”
“There is a need to consistently reinforce our commitment to diversity, multiculturalism and inclusivity, and the best way to reinforce is to reflect it.”
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