- 1reinforce something to make a feeling, an idea, etc. stronger The experience reinforced my sense of loss. Such jokes tend to reinforce racial stereotypes. The climate of political confusion has only reinforced the country's economic decline. Success in the talks will reinforce his reputation as an international statesman.
- 2reinforce something to make a structure or material stronger, especially by adding another material to it All buildings are now reinforced to withstand earthquakes. reinforced steel See related entries: Materials and properties, Construction
- 3reinforce something to send more people or equipment in order to make an army, etc. stronger The UN has undertaken to reinforce its military presence along the borders. Word Origin 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.Extra examples The buildings were reinforced to withstand earthquakes. The climate of political confusion has only reinforced the country’s economic decline. reinforced plastic/steel/concrete All this simply reinforces my earlier point. Our prejudices are subtly reinforced in many different ways. The door was built of oak, heavily reinforced with iron. This report strongly reinforces the view that the system must be changed. Violence and rejection by society are mutually reinforcing.
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BrE BrE//ˌriːɪnˈfɔːs//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːɪnˈfɔːrs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reinforce
BrE BrE//ˌriːɪnˈfɔːs//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːɪnˈfɔːrs//he / she / it reinforces
BrE BrE//ˌriːɪnˈfɔːsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːɪnˈfɔːrsɪz//past simple reinforced
BrE BrE//ˌriːɪnˈfɔːst//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːɪnˈfɔːrst//past participle reinforced
BrE BrE//ˌriːɪnˈfɔːst//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːɪnˈfɔːrst//-ing form reinforcing
BrE BrE//ˌriːɪnˈfɔːsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːɪnˈfɔːrsɪŋ//Materials and properties, Construction