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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.


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.


Broader (hypernym)device

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

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


Broader (hypernym)approval, approving, blessing

Narrower (hyponym)carrot

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