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English noun: reinforcement

1. reinforcement (act) a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission


SamplesThey called for artillery support.


Synonymsreenforcement, support


Broader (hypernym)military operation, operation


Narrower (hyponym)close support


Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

2. reinforcement (communication) information that makes more forcible or convincing


SamplesHis gestures provided eloquent reinforcement for his complaints.


Synonymsreenforcement


Broader (hypernym)confirmation

3. reinforcement (cognition) (psychology) a stimulus that strengthens or weakens the behavior that produced it


Synonymsreinforcer, reinforcing stimulus


Broader (hypernym)input, stimulant, stimulation, stimulus


Narrower (hyponym)negative reinforcer, negative reinforcing stimulus, positive reinforcer, positive reinforcing stimulus


Domain categorypsychological science, psychology

4. reinforcement (artifact) a device designed to provide additional strength


SamplesThe cardboard backing was just a strengthener.
He used gummed reinforcements to hold the page in his notebook.


Synonymsstrengthener


Broader (hypernym)device


Narrower (hyponym)backing, brace, brace, bracing, mount, safety arch

5. reinforcement (act) an act performed to strengthen approved behavior


Synonymsreward


Broader (hypernym)approval, approving, blessing


Narrower (hyponym)carrot









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