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"reinforce" in British English

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reinforceverb [T]

uk   /ˌriː.ɪnˈfɔːs/  us   /-ˈfɔːrs/
C2 to make something ​stronger: The ​pockets on my ​jeans are reinforced withdoublestitching.C1 If something reinforces an ​idea or ​opinion, it ​provides more ​proof or ​support for it and makes it ​seemtrue: The ​finaltechnicalreport into the ​accident reinforces the ​findings of ​initialinvestigations. His ​behaviourmerely 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.

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

"reinforce" in American English

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reinforceverb [T]

 us   /ˌri·ɪnˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs/
to make something ​stronger, usually by ​adding more ​material or another ​piece: Building ​codes in California ​required that ​steelrods be used to reinforce cinder-block ​construction. Something that reinforces an ​idea or ​opinionprovidesproof 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

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reinforceverb [T]

uk   us   /ˌriːɪnˈfɔːs/
PRODUCTION to make a ​material or ​structurestronger by ​adding something to it: The ​containers have been reinforced with ​steelbands. reinforced concrete
to make an ​idea or belief ​stronger: reinforce the message/idea/view that The huge ​support given to ​bigbusiness by politicians has reinforced the ​message that the pursuit of ​wealth is the only thing that matters. They ​recommended that we reinforce our new ​brandidentity with an ​advertisingcampaign.
to ​increase the ​power of something, especially by making it bigger: We need to reinforce our ​salescapacity.
(Definition of reinforce from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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