Reinforcement - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌriːɪnˈfɔːrsmənt|  American pronunciation of the word reinforcement
Brit.  |riːɪnˈfɔːsm(ə)nt|  British pronunciation of the word reinforcement

noun

- a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission (syn: reenforcement, support)
- information that makes more forcible or convincing(syn: reenforcement)

his gestures provided eloquent reinforcement for his complaints

- (psychology) a stimulus that strengthens or weakens the behavior that produced it (syn: reinforcer)
- a device designed to provide additional strength(syn: strengthener)

he used gummed reinforcements to hold the page in his notebook

- an act performed to strengthen approved behavior (syn: reward)

Examples

“We're outnumbered! Call for reinforcements!”

We need to prevent enemy reinforcements from reaching the front line.

The bridge is in need of reinforcement.

You should encourage good behavior with positive reinforcement.

The bridge needs some structural reinforcement.

his gestures provided eloquent reinforcement for his complaints

he used gummed reinforcements to hold the page in his notebook

We need to give students plenty of positive reinforcement.

Word forms

noun
singular: reinforcement
plural: reinforcements
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