- 1Strengthen or support (an object or substance), especially with additional material: the helmet has been reinforced with a double layer of corkMore example sentences
- To prevent wobbling, anchor stick securely in foam-filled pot and reinforce stick in foam with glue.
- Rae stood and walked to the door, putting a hand on one of the cool, black iron strips reinforcing the thick wood.
- The house or building is reinforced with timbers supporting the floors inside.
- 1.1Strengthen (an existing feeling, idea, or habit): the next few months reinforced my opinion of Vince as a man of his wordMore example sentences
strengthen, fortify, bolster up, shore up, buttress, prop up, underpin, support; cement, uphold, defend, maintain, back (up), buoy up; boost, give a boost to, aid, assist, help, promote, encourage, deepen, broaden, enrich, enhance, intensify, improve; underline, heighten, emphasize, stress
- When managers refuse or fail to recognize the problem and further blame the victim, it reinforces feelings of guilt.
- She said the educational system reinforces the idea that there is only one right answer, stifling creativity.
- Their findings reinforce the idea that communication failure is an important source of medical error.
- 1.2Strengthen (a military force) with additional personnel or equipment: paratroopers were sent to reinforce the troops already in the areaMore example sentences
- US defence secretary said the military would be reinforcing its special forces in the country.
- A fierce fight then ensued while multitudes of tanks and helicopters came to reinforce their forces fighting against us.
- They are expected to help secure supply lines and reinforce coalition forces approaching the capital of five million people.
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- For an intelligent and sensitive child, merely withholding praise and approval can be powerful negative reinforcers that are much more effective than angry words and harsh language.
- Hence, the therapist will often help the caregivers develop increased family structure, operationalize desired youth behavior, and identify natural reinforcers to be linked with desired behavior.
- Treats are often used as reinforcers, but praise, such as ‘good dog’ or a pat on the head, can also be effective rewards.
late Middle English: from French renforcer, influenced by inforce, an obsolete spelling of enforce; the sense of providing military support is probably from Italian rinforzare.