verb \in-ˈfrs, en-\

: 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

transitive verb
:  to give force to :  strengthen
:  to urge with energy <enforce arguments>
:  constrain, compel <enforce obedience>
obsolete :  to effect or gain by force
:  to carry out effectively <enforce laws>
en·force·abil·i·ty \-ˌfr-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
en·force·able \-ˈfr-sə-bəl\ adjective
en·force·ment \-ˈfr-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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