Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To give more force or effectiveness to; strengthen.
  • transitive verb To strengthen (a military force) with additional personnel or equipment.
  • transitive verb To strengthen by adding extra support or material.
  • transitive verb To increase the number or amount of; augment.
  • transitive verb To reward (an experimental subject, for example) with a reinforcer subsequent to a desired response or performance.
  • transitive verb To encourage (a response) by means of a reinforcer.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun An additional thickness or support imparted to any part of an object in order to strengthen it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb See reënforce, v. t.
  • noun See reënforce, n.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To strengthen, especially by addition or augmentation.
  • verb transitive To emphasize or review.
  • verb transitive To encourage a behavior or idea through repeated stimulus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb strengthen and support with rewards
  • verb make stronger

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[re– + inforce (variant of enforce).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

re- +‎ inforce

Examples

  • Sure, if the message you want to reinforce is that working-class people are to be feared and loathed.

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  • What I am trying to reinforce is that we all have experiences in our lives.

    January 2008

  • What I am trying to reinforce is that we all have experiences in our lives.

    Are You Experienced?

  • When the calls reinforce a message that a candidate is carrying, then they're not always a bad investment.

    Big News Orgs Picking Up On Magnitude Of McCain's Robo-Slime Campaign

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Jul 5, 2008

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Jan 4, 2007

  • 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.

    Beyond Left, Right And Center: It's About Reality

  • 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.

    Beyond Left, Right And Center: It's About Reality

  • 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.

    Beyond Left, Right And Center: It's About Reality

  • 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.

    Beyond Left, Right And Center: It's About Reality

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