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
A plan to add more park rangers and enforce camping prohibitions seven days a week seemed to have the most support.
Perhaps because the rules are not explicit or uniformly enforced from one House Speaker to the next, stories about dress code violations in Congress tend to crop up each year (Vanity Fair has reached out to Speaker Paul Ryan for comment).
As reporter Rebecca Shabad noted, there has not been an explicit, official dress code written down in at least some time—possibly ever—but the unspoken code is regularly enforced on the House side of Capitol Hill.
Halcro's agency is about to embark on a program to enforce two-hour parking limits on the street on Saturdays.
Cox was already enforcing data caps and overage fees in Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Ohio.
The First District Court of Appeals ruled that Ghiz's orders could not be enforced because a hearing was not held to address them.
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.
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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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