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Definition 1: an act performed to strengthen approved behavior - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for reinforcement in the sense of this definition

(reinforcement is a kind of ...) the formal act of approving

"he gave the project his blessing" "his decision merited the approval of any sensible person"

(... is a kind of reinforcement ) promise of reward as in

"carrot and stick" "used the carrot of subsidized housing for the workers to get their vote"

Definition 2: a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission - [noun denoting act]

Samples where reinforcement or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they called for artillery support

Synonyms for reinforcement in the sense of this definition

(reinforcement is a kind of ...) activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign)

"it was a joint operation of the navy and air force"

(... is a kind of reinforcement ) close-in firing by one unit against an enemy engaged by another unit

(reinforcement belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 3: a device designed to provide additional strength - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where reinforcement or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the cardboard backing was just a strengthener
  • he used gummed reinforcements to hold the page in his notebook

Synonyms for reinforcement in the sense of this definition

(reinforcement is a kind of ...) an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

"the device is small enough to wear on your wrist" "a device intended to conserve water"

(... is a kind of reinforcement ) something forming a back that is added for strengthening

(... is a kind of reinforcement ) a structural member used to stiffen a framework

(... is a kind of reinforcement ) a support that steadies or strengthens something else

"he wore a brace on his knee"

(... is a kind of reinforcement ) an undecorated arch that is included in order to strengthen or support a construction

Definition 4: (psychology) a stimulus that strengthens or weakens the behavior that produced it - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for reinforcement in the sense of this definition

(reinforcement is a kind of ...) any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action

(... is a kind of reinforcement ) a reinforcing stimulus that serves to increase the likelihood of the response that produces it

(... is a kind of reinforcement ) a reinforcing stimulus whose removal serves to decrease the likelihood of the response that produced it

(reinforcement belongs to category ...) the science of mental life

Definition 5: information that makes more forcible or convincing - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where reinforcement or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his gestures provided eloquent reinforcement for his complaints

Synonyms for reinforcement in the sense of this definition

(reinforcement is a kind of ...) information that confirms or verifies

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