reinforce Definition

  • 1strengthen or support (an object or substance), especially with additional material
  • 2strengthen (a feeling, attitude, or belief)

Using reinforce: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "reinforce" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The bridge was reinforced with steel cables.

  • Example

    The teacher used positive feedback to reinforce good behavior.

  • Example

    The company's success reinforced their decision to expand globally.

reinforce Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for reinforce

Antonyms for reinforce

Idioms Using reinforce

  • to make one's stance or argument stronger and more convincing


    The lawyer presented new evidence to reinforce his client's position in the trial.

  • reinforce the troops

    to provide additional soldiers or resources to strengthen a military force


    The general ordered reinforcements to be sent to the front lines to reinforce the troops.

  • to strengthen the emotional connection or relationship between two people or groups


    The team-building exercises helped to reinforce the bond between the coworkers.

Phrases with reinforce

  • to emphasize or make a message more clear and effective


    The speaker used visual aids to reinforce the message of his presentation.

  • reinforce stereotypes

    to perpetuate or strengthen preconceived notions or beliefs about a particular group of people


    The media often reinforces negative stereotypes about certain ethnic groups.

  • to enhance the retention and understanding of new information or skills


    The teacher used repetition to reinforce the students' understanding of the new math concept.

Origins of reinforce

from Old French 'reforcier', from Latin 're- + in- + fortis', meaning 'to make strong'


Summary: reinforce in Brief

The verb 'reinforce' [ˌriːɪnˈfɔːrs] means to strengthen or support an object or substance, such as reinforcing a bridge with steel cables. It can also refer to strengthening a feeling, attitude, or belief, as in reinforcing good behavior with positive feedback. Phrases like 'reinforce the message' and idioms like 'reinforce one's position' denote making something stronger or more effective.

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