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verb [transitive] reinforce pronunciation in British English /ˌriːɪnˈfɔː(r)s/
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present tense
present participlereinforcing
past tensereinforced
past participlereinforced
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  1. 1
    to make an idea, belief, or feeling stronger
    These latest figures reinforce the view that economic growth is slowing.
    The message that you should not drink and drive needs to be constantly reinforced.
    1. a.
      to make a situation, process, or type of behaviour stronger and more likely to continue
      Feminists often argue that marriage reinforces the inequality between the sexes.
  2. 2
    to make a building, structure, or object stronger
    Crews started work today to reinforce the seriously damaged bridge.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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