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re- +‎ inforce

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reinforce (third-person singular simple present reinforces, present participle reinforcing, simple past and past participle reinforced)

  1. (transitive) To strengthen, especially by addition or augmentation.
    He reinforced the handle with a metal rod and a bit of tape.
  2. (transitive) To emphasize or review.
    The right homework will reinforce and complement the lesson!
    • 2021 February 24, Greg Morse, “Great Heck: a tragic chain of events”, in RAIL, number 925, page 42:
      The accident was also one of several since Clapham [...] that demonstrated the role of breakable windows in the death toll. RSSB research would later confirm and reinforce the need for laminated glass to protect passengers and increase survivability.
  3. (transitive) To encourage (a behavior or idea) through repeated stimulus.
    Advertising for fast food can reinforce unhealthy dietary tendencies.

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