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REINFORCEMENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does reinforcement mean? 

REINFORCEMENT (noun)
  The noun REINFORCEMENT has 5 senses:

1. a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission
2. information that makes more forcible or convincing
3. (psychology) a stimulus that strengthens or weakens the behavior that produced it
4. a device designed to provide additional strength
5. an act performed to strengthen approved behavior

  Familiarity information: REINFORCEMENT used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


REINFORCEMENT (noun)


Sense 1reinforcement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

reinforcement; reenforcement; support

Context example:

they called for artillery support

Hypernyms ("reinforcement" is a kind of...):

military operation; operation (activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign))

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reinforcement"):

close support (close-in firing by one unit against an enemy engaged by another unit)


Sense 2reinforcement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Information that makes more forcible or convincing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

reenforcement; reinforcement

Context example:

his gestures provided eloquent reinforcement for his complaints

Hypernyms ("reinforcement" is a kind of...):

confirmation (information that confirms or verifies)


Sense 3reinforcement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(psychology) a stimulus that strengthens or weakens the behavior that produced it

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

reinforcer; reinforcing stimulus; reinforcement

Hypernyms ("reinforcement" is a kind of...):

input; stimulant; stimulation; stimulus (any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action)

Domain category:

psychological science; psychology (the science of mental life)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reinforcement"):

positive reinforcer; positive reinforcing stimulus (a reinforcing stimulus that serves to increase the likelihood of the response that produces it)

negative reinforcer; negative reinforcing stimulus (a reinforcing stimulus whose removal serves to decrease the likelihood of the response that produced it)


Sense 4reinforcement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A device designed to provide additional strength

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

strengthener; reinforcement

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("reinforcement" is a kind of...):

device (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reinforcement"):

backing; mount (something forming a back that is added for strengthening)

brace; bracing (a structural member used to stiffen a framework)

brace (a support that steadies or strengthens something else)

safety arch (an undecorated arch that is included in order to strengthen or support a construction)


Sense 5reinforcement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An act performed to strengthen approved behavior

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

reward; reinforcement

Hypernyms ("reinforcement" is a kind of...):

approval; approving; blessing (the formal act of approving)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reinforcement"):

carrot (promise of reward as in)


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