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enforce

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verb en·force \in-ˈfȯrs, en-\

Simple Definition of enforce

  • : to make (a law, rule, etc.) active or effective : to make sure that people do what is required by (a law, rule, etc.)

  • : to make (something) happen : to force or cause (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of enforce

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give force to :  strengthen

  3. 2 :  to urge with energy <enforce arguments>

  4. 3 :  constrain, compel <enforce obedience>

  5. 4 obsolete :  to effect or gain by force

  6. 5 :  to carry out effectively <enforce laws>

enforceability

play \-ˌfȯr-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

enforceable

play \-ˈfȯr-sə-bəl\ adjective

enforcement

play \-ˈfȯr-smənt\ noun

Examples of enforce in a sentence

  1. Police will be enforcing the parking ban.

  2. <the duty of the police is to enforce the law>



Origin and Etymology of enforce

Middle English, from Anglo-French enforcer, from en- + force force


First Known Use: 14th century



ENFORCE Defined for Kids

enforce

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verb en·force \in-ˈfȯrs\

Definition of enforce for Students

enforced

enforcing

  1. 1 :  to make happen <He tried to enforce cooperation.>

  2. 2 :  to carry out or make effective <enforce a law>

enforcement

\–mənt\ noun



Law Dictionary

enforce

transitive verb en·force

Legal Definition of enforce

enforced

enforcing

  1. :  to cause to take effect or to be fulfilled <enforcing the divorce decree> <Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation — U.S. Constitution amend. XIX>





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