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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)

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>

en·force·abil·i·ty play \-ˌfȯr-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
en·force·able play \-ˈfȯr-sə-bəl\ adjective
en·force·ment play \-ˈfȯr-smənt\ noun

Examples of enforce

  1. Police will be enforcing the parking ban.

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



Origin of enforce

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


First Known Use: 14th century




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