Meaning of “reinforcement” in the English Dictionary

"reinforcement" in British English

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

"reinforcement" in American English

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reinforcementnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌri·ɪnˈfɔrs·mənt, -ˈfoʊrs-/

something added to provide more strength or support:

[ U ] The dam urgently needs reinforcement.

Reinforcements are soldiers sent to join an army to make it stronger:

[ C ] Failure to increase funds would deny reinforcements to troops already in the war zone.

Reinforcement is also a way of influencing behavior through rewards and punishments:

positive/negative reinforcement

(Definition of “reinforcement” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"reinforcement" in Business English

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reinforcementnoun

uk /ˌriːɪnˈfɔːsmənt/ us

[ C or U ] the act of making an idea or belief stronger:

The new logo serves as a visual reinforcement of the company's values.

[ C, usually plural ] extra people to help with work:

Shops had to call in reinforcements to help with the unexpected rush of customers.

[ C or U ] PRODUCTION the act of making a material or structure stronger, or the thing that is added to a structure to make it stronger:

This wall needs some kind of reinforcement.
Titanium reinforcements were added to the structure.

(Definition of “reinforcement” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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