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reinforce (something) with (something)

1. To make something stronger, sturdier, or more resilient by additional materials or supports. We need to reinforce this wall with steel beams, or else it could come crashing down under the weight of the house. They started reinforcing the barricade with anything heavy they could find in the house.
2. To give a military force greater strength by adding more troops, personnel, equipment, etc. We'll hopefully be able to reinforce our active squadrons with more soldiers by the end of the month. The new spending bill aims to reinforce troops on the ground with more advanced weaponry and communications equipment.
3. To make some feeling or thought process stronger, more effective, or more forceful with the addition of supporting evidence or action. These kinds of people simply reinforce their prejudices with cherry-picked information that omits or ignores anything that goes against their own narrative. It's important to reinforce your child's sense of safety and wellbeing with displays of affection and words of encouragement.
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reinforce someone or something with something

to strengthen someone or something with something. The general reinforced his troops with volunteers fresh from basic training. I had to reinforce the garage roof with new boards.
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1.2 Global Glass Fiber Reinforced Thermo-Plastic (GFRTP) Composite Market Size Status and Outlook (2013-2028)
Figures 12(a) and 12(b) show the bearing capacity ratio against the settlement ratio for the cushion reinforced with the TG geobelt and CPE geobelt to compare their reinforcing effects.
(4) The effects of different content of flax fiber on the strength of reinforced clay are different; the difference of principal stress of flax fiber-reinforced clay increases first and then decreases with the increasing of fiber content, which indicates that the best content of flax fiber-reinforced clay exists.
It is considered as the main working stage of deformation of reinforced concrete bent elements.
The reinforced concrete structure with the influence of bond-slip and crack propagation was modelled numerically.
Most players in the global carbon fiber reinforced plastics market are based in the U.S.
--Use of metal spacers for maintaining the position of reinforced bars instead of plastic or cement mortar;
Cookbooks also reinforced traditional ideologies of women's duties in the home by stressing "home cooking".
Eclipse is a three-coat system, reinforced internally, that differs from all other nonsticks in three important aspects:
Reinforced plastics demand in the US is expected to rise 2.5 percent annually to 4.2 billion pounds in 2007, valued at $6.5 billion.
At the same time the sculptor Giuseppe Uncini, just over thirty years old, was developing a personal poetics that in many aspects paralleled Pasolini's, using bare, rough, unadorned reinforced concrete as the symbol of a new aesthetic, a modernity that had to be reckoned with, for better or worse.
Exile and the memory of family often reinforced and strengthened family ties in a way that physical proximity was more likely to undermine.
Denso's unit, however, uses polypropylene reinforced with long-strand fiberglass instead of glass mat reinforced thermoplastic, or resin-molded pieces reinforced with steel plates.