Definition of enforce
- enforce arguments
- enforce laws
Police will be enforcing the parking ban.
the duty of the police is to enforce the law
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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)
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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