reinforce

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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  • 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… …   Financial and business terms

  • 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 …   English World dictionary

  • Reinforce — Re in*force ( f?rs ), v. t. See {Re[ e]nforce}, v. t. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reinforce — Re in*force , n. See {Re[ e]nforce}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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,… …   Law dictionary

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

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

  • 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… …   New thesaurus

  • 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 …   English dictionary

  • 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,… …   English dictionary

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