reinforce

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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to strengthen physically)
a. reforzar
We used beams to reinforce the wall.Reforzamos la pared con vigas.
b. fortalecer
No doubt, these innovations will reinforce the education system.No cabe duda de que estas innovaciones fortalecerán el sistema educativo.
c. armar (concrete)
Steel bars are often used to reinforce concrete.A menudo se utilizan barras de acero para armar el concreto.
2. (to strengthen an idea)
a. reforzar
Using that word will only reinforce old prejudices.Al utilizar esa palabra solo se consigue reforzar antiguos prejuicios.
3. (military)
a. reforzar
Ten thousand soldiers were sent to north Italy to reinforce the fighting army.Diez mil soldados fueron enviados al norte de Italia para reforzar el ejército combatiente.
b. enviar refuerzos a
We need to reinforce the garrison.Tenemos que enviar refuerzos a la guarnición.
4. (to confirm)
a. reafirmar (a theory or a hypothesis)
Galileo made two observations that reinforced Copernicus' theory.Galileo hizo dos observaciones que reafirmaron la teoría de Copérnico.
b. confirmar (a theory or a hypothesis)
The results of the experiment reinforced my initial hypothesis.Los resultados del experimento confirmaron mi hipótesis inicial.
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reinforce
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. reforzar
reinforced concretehormigón or
Copyright © 2006 Harrap Publishers Limited
reinforce [ˌriːɪnˈfɔːs]
transitive verb
(gen, fig) reforzar; [+concrete] armar;
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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