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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, belief, or feeling stronger

These latest figures reinforce the view that economic growth is slowing.

The message that you should not drink and drive needs to be constantly reinforced.

b) to make a situation, process, or type of behaviour stronger and more likely to continue

Feminists often argue that marriage reinforces the inequality between the sexes.


Collocations:
Nouns frequently used as objects of reinforce
▪  attitude, belief, idea, impression, notion, stereotype, tendency, trend, view
2) to make a building, structure, or object stronger

Crews started work today to reinforce the seriously damaged bridge.

3) to make a group of soldiers, police etc stronger by adding more people or equipment to it

English dictionary. 2014.

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