Definition of enforce
enforceabilityplay \in-ˌfȯr-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē, en-\ noun
enforceableplay \in-ˈfȯr-sə-bəl, en-\ adjective
enforcementplay \in-ˈfȯr-smənt, en-\ noun
Examples of enforce in a Sentence
Police will be enforcing the parking ban.
the duty of the police is to enforce the law
Recent Examples of enforce from the Web
Halcro's agency is about to embark on a program to enforce two-hour parking limits on the street on Saturdays.
This amendment blocks the Department of Justice from spending money to enforce federal laws that would prevent the expansion of medical marijuana.
The measure approved is designed to enforce the country's existing limits on speech, including the long-standing ban on Holocaust denial.
But the commissioner, as Walker called himself, didn’t want the fire or police departments to have to enforce such rules.
Online sales taxes Hoosiers could be paying more taxes once a law requiring online retailers to charge sales tax goes into effect July 1 — if the state is able to enforce its new law.
Meanwhile, sexual assault survivors and their advocates are pushing the Department of Education to continue enforcing the Obama administration’s policies regarding sexual assault on campus.
The state law contains exemptions for some trips, such as travel needed to enforce California law and to honor contracts made before 2017.
Since new development along Woodward Ave. has continued at an aggressive pace, M-1 Rail continues to work closely with transit police to enforce policies that keep the QLINE route free of vehicle and construction obstructions.
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Origin and Etymology of enforce
Middle English, from Anglo-French enforcer, from en- + force force
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
ENFORCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of enforce for English Language Learners
: 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)
ENFORCE Defined for Kids
Definition of enforce for Students
1 : to make happen He tried to enforce cooperation.
2 : to carry out or make effective enforce a law
Legal Definition of enforce
: 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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