Reinforce

  • 1 reinforce — UK US /ˌriːɪnˈfɔːs/ verb [T] ► PRODUCTION to make a material or structure stronger by adding something to it: »The containers have been reinforced with steel bands. »reinforced concrete ► to make an idea or belief stronger: reinforce the… …

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  • 2 reinforce — [rē΄in fôrs′] vt. reinforced, reinforcing [ RE + inforce, var. of ENFORCE] 1. to strengthen (a military, naval, or air force) with additional troops, ships, planes, etc. 2. to increase the number or amount of 3. to strengthen or make stronger, as …

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  • 3 Reinforce — Re in*force ( f?rs ), v. t. See {Re[ e]nforce}, v. t. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 Reinforce — Re in*force , n. See {Re[ e]nforce}, n. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 reinforce — I verb augment, bolster, boost, brace, buttress, conflrmare, energize, fortify, intensify, reconstitute, redouble, reestablish, refurbish, reinvigorate, reorganize, replenish, strengthen, supplement, support II index accumulate (enlarge), aid,… …

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  • 6 reinforce — c.1600, originally in military sense, from RE (Cf. re ) again + ENFORCE (Cf. enforce) (Cf. RE ENFORCE (Cf. re enforce)). Related: Reinforced; reinforcing …

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  • 7 reinforce — *strengthen, invigorate, fortify, energize Analogous words: *increase, augment, multiply, enlarge: *support, sustain, prop, bolster, buttress …

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  • 8 reinforce — [v] strengthen, augment add fuel to fire*, add to, back up, beef up*, bolster, boost, build up, buttress, carry, emphasize, energize, enlarge, fortify, harden, heat up, hype, increase, lend a hand, multiply, pick up, pillar, prop, prop up, punch… …

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  • 9 reinforce — ► VERB 1) strengthen (a military force) with additional personnel or material. 2) give added strength to. DERIVATIVES reinforcer noun. ORIGIN French renforcer, influenced by inforce, an obsolete spelling of ENFORCE(Cf. ↑enforcer) …

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  • 10 reinforce — [[t]ri͟ːɪnfɔ͟ː(r)s[/t]] reinforces, reinforcing, reinforced 1) VERB If something reinforces a feeling, situation, or process, it makes it stronger or more intense. [V n] A stronger European Parliament would, they fear, only reinforce the power of …

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  • 11 reinforce */*/ — UK [ˌriːɪnˈfɔː(r)s] / US [ˌrɪɪnˈfɔrs] verb [transitive] Word forms reinforce : present tense I/you/we/they reinforce he/she/it reinforces present participle reinforcing past tense reinforced past participle reinforced 1) a) to make an idea,… …

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  • 12 reinforce — also reenforce verb Etymology: re + inforce, alteration of enforce Date: 1567 transitive verb 1. to strengthen by additional assistance, material, or support ; make stronger or more pronounced < reinforce levees > < reinforce the elbows of a… …

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  • 13 reinforce — reinforcer, n. /ree in fawrs , fohrs /, v., reinforced, reinforcing, n. v.t. 1. to strengthen with some added piece, support, or material: to reinforce a wall. 2. to strengthen (a military force) with additional personnel, ships, or aircraft: to… …

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  • 14 reinforce — /riɪnˈfɔs / (say reein faws) verb (t) (reinforced, reinforcing) 1. to strengthen with some added piece, support, or material: to reinforce a wall. 2. to strengthen with additional men or ships for military or naval purposes: to reinforce a… …

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  • 15 reinforce — 01. Religious wars throughout the world have simply [reinforced] my negative opinion of organized religion. 02. The media often [reinforces] stereotypes regarding minorities. 03. The battle was going badly, and the army had to call for… …

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  • 16 reinforce — 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… …

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  • 17 reinforce — verb 1 support sth that already exists ADVERB ▪ greatly, powerfully, strongly ▪ This report strongly reinforces the view that the system must be changed. ▪ further ▪ merely …

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  • 18 reinforce — re|in|force [ ,riın fɔrs ] verb transitive ** 1. ) to make an idea, belief, or feeling stronger: The latest figures reinforce the view that economic growth is slowing. The message that you should not drink and drive needs to be constantly… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 reinforce — [ˌriːɪnˈfɔːs] verb [T] 1) to make an idea, belief, or feeling stronger The figures reinforce the view that economic growth is slowing.[/ex] 2) to make a building, structure, or object stronger Crews started work to reinforce the damaged… …

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  • 20 reinforce — re•in•force or re•en•force [[t]ˌri ɪnˈfɔrs, ˈfoʊrs[/t]] v. t. forced, forc•ing 1) to strengthen with some added piece, support, or material: to reinforce a wall[/ex] 2) to make more forcible or effective: to reinforce efforts[/ex] 3) to augment;… …

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