What does reinforce mean?

Definitions for reinforce
ˌri ɪnˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrsre·in·force

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reinforce, reenforceverb

    make stronger

    "he reinforced the concrete"

  2. reinforce, rewardverb

    strengthen and support with rewards

    "Let's reinforce good behavior"


  1. reinforceverb

    To strengthen, especially by addition or augmentation.

    He reinforced the handle with a metal rod and a bit of tape.

  2. reinforceverb

    To emphasize or review.

    The right homework will reinforce and complement the lesson!

  3. reinforceverb

    To encourage a behavior or idea through repeated stimulus.

    Advertising for fast food can reinforce unhealthy dietary tendencies.


  1. reinforce

    To reinforce is to strengthen or support something, either physically or conceptively. It can involve providing extra materials or resources to fortify a structure, or it can mean emphasizing or reiterating a concept, belief, or idea to make it stronger or more deeply understood. In psychology, reinforcement also refers to a process that encourages a specific behavior by offering a reward or removing a punishment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reinforceverb

    see Reenforce, v. t

  2. Reinforcenoun

    see Reenforce, n


  1. Reinforce

    Reinforce is a key character in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, who reveals herself near the end. She does not appear in either Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha or the alternate universe shown in the Triangle Heart series. She is voiced by Sanae Kobayashi. The former Book of Darkness and creator of the Wolkenritter, Reinforce was reformed by Hayate Yagami and became her partner. Reinforce is a Lost Logia and an intelligent creation of Belkan mages whose names have been lost to time. In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, she is reformatted into the much smaller Reinforce II.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reinforce

    rē-in-fōrs′, v.t. to enforce again: to strengthen with new force or support: (Spens.) to compel.—ns. Reinforce′ment, the act of reinforcing: additional force or assistance, esp. of troops; Reinfor′cer, any additional strengthening added to a thing.—adj. Reinfor′cible.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. reinforce

    In artillery, that increase, beyond its general conical outline, of the metal towards the breech, which was marked on old pattern guns by rings. They are generally in cast guns omitted now, though the principle of the reinforce remains, yet less defined in nature and number, in the recent wrought and built-up guns.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. reinforce

    In gunnery, is the thickest part of the body of the gun, in front of the base-ring or base-line; if there be more than one reinforce, that which is next the base-ring or base-line is called the first reinforce; the other the second reinforce. See Ordnance, Construction of, Molding.

  2. reinforce

    To strengthen with new force, assistance, or support; especially, to strengthen, as an army or a fort, with additional troops, or a navy with additional ships.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reinforce' in Verbs Frequency: #589

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reinforce in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reinforce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of reinforce in a Sentence

  1. Ben Dworkin:

    He hasn't been here to reinforce the accomplishments and he's not going to be staying around long enough following the speech to reinforce whatever new things he wants to promote.

  2. Margaret Karagas:

    Earlier exposure to indoor tanning is associated with a greater risk for developing basal cell carcinoma at a young age, the new FDA regulations reinforce the science that teens and young adults may be especially vulnerable to developing skin cancer if they use tanning beds.

  3. Margaret Karagas:

    The new FDA regulations reinforce the science that teens and young adults may be especially vulnerable to developing skin cancer if they use tanning beds.

  4. Renae A. Sauter:

    As I acknowledge the boundaries within myself, I am given plenty of opportunities to reinforce them

  5. Samuel Johnson:

    You raise your voice when you should reinforce your argument.

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