reinforce Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “reinforce” in the English Dictionary

"reinforce" in British English

See all translations

reinforceverb [T]

uk   /ˌriː.ɪnˈfɔːs/  us   /ˌriː.ɪnˈfɔːrs/
C2 to make something stronger: The pockets on my jeans are reinforced with double stitching.
C1 If something reinforces an idea or opinion, it provides more proof or support for it and makes it seem true: The final technical report into the accident reinforces the findings of initial investigations. His behaviour merely reinforced my dislike of him.
to provide an army with more soldiers or weapons to make it stronger: The garrison is to be reinforced with/by another two battalions of soldiers.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of reinforce from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reinforce" in American English

See all translations

reinforceverb [T]

 us   /ˌri·ɪnˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs/
to make something stronger, usually by adding more material or another piece: Building codes in California required that steel rods be used to reinforce cinder-block construction.
Something that reinforces an idea or opinion provides proof or support: But let me just cite one other fact to reinforce what you’re saying.
To reinforce an army is to provide it with more soldiers or weapons.
(Definition of reinforce from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"reinforce" in Business English

See all translations

reinforceverb [T]

uk   us   /ˌriːɪnˈfɔːs/
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 message/idea/view that The huge support given to big business by politicians has reinforced the message that the pursuit of wealth is the only thing that matters. They recommended that we reinforce our new brand identity with an advertising campaign.
to increase the power of something, especially by making it bigger: We need to reinforce our sales capacity.
(Definition of reinforce from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of reinforce?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“reinforce” in Business English

A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

spaceship

(especially in stories) a vehicle used for travel in space

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More