Reenforce
Reenforce Re`["e]n*force" (-f?rs"), v. t. [Pref. re- + enforce: cf. F. renforcer.] 1. To strengthen with new force, assistance, material, or support; as, to re["e]nforce an argument; to re["e]nforce a garment; especially, to strengthen with additional troops, as an army or a fort, or with additional ships, as a fleet. [Written also {reinforce}.] [1913 Webster]

2. (Psychology) To increase the likelihood that (a specific behavior) will be repeated by giving a reward or punishment to a person or animal; as, to reenforce the students' willingness to study by giving awards for good grades. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Reenforce — Re [ e]n*force , n. [See {Re[ e]nforce}, v., and cf. {Ranforce}, {Reinforce}.] Something which re[ e]nforces or strengthens. Specifically: (a) That part of a cannon near the breech which is thicker than the rest of the piece, so as better to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reenforce — index reconfirm, relieve (give aid) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • reenforce — or re enforce [rē΄in fôrs′] vt. reenforced, reenforcing REINFORCE …   English World dictionary

  • reenforce — variant of reinforce …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • reenforce — /ree euhn fawrs , fohrs /, v.t., reenforced, reenforcing, n. reinforce. Also, re enforce. * * * …   Universalium

  • reenforce — rɪːɪn fÉ”rs / fɔːs v. strengthen, fortify, support; increase; (Psychology) provide a reward or punishment in order to encourage or discourage a particular response (also reinforce) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • reenforce — re·enforce …   English syllables

  • reenforce — re•en•force [[t]ˌri ənˈfɔrs, ˈfoʊrs[/t]] v. t. reinforce …   From formal English to slang

  • reenforce — verb make stronger (Freq. 1) he reinforced the concrete • Syn: ↑reinforce • Derivationally related forms: ↑reenforcement, ↑reinforcement (for: ↑reinforce) …   Useful english dictionary

  • reinforce — Reenforce Re [ e]n*force ( f?rs ), v. t. [Pref. re + enforce: cf. F. renforcer.] 1. To strengthen with new force, assistance, material, or support; as, to re[ e]nforce an argument; to re[ e]nforce a garment; especially, to strengthen with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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