enforce the law


: to make sure that people obey the law
The job of the police is to enforce the law.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Still, other law enforcement units can enforce the law. Leily Nikounazar, New York Times, 5 May 2023 The delay of coastal enforcement was the result of San Diego officials believing Coastal Commission approval was necessary to enforce the law in the city’s coastal zone, which includes most neighborhoods west of Interstate 5. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2022 If so, who would enforce the law, and what would be the specific jurisdictional definition of the crime? Charles Lew, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 James Skoufis, a New York state senator who was active in authoring the new legislation, says he’s been in contact with the New York Attorney General’s office in recent weeks to further raise the need to enforce the law. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 7 Nov. 2022 His job was to open this border and to not enforce the law. Kyle Morris, Fox News, 19 Oct. 2022 Congress is putting pressure on Customs and other agencies to enforce the law, said Brandon Daniels, chief executive of Exiger LLC, a company that offers supply-chain risk management software. Richard Vanderford, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2022 David Kallman, a conservative lawyer representing prosecutors in Kent and Jackson counties who want the right to enforce the law that criminalizes all abortions but those performed to save the life of a pregnant person, said his clients planned to appeal. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 19 Aug. 2022 The civil cause of action provision would be similar to that included in the law Texas enacted in May that bans abortions at six weeks and allows private citizens to enforce the law through lawsuits. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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“Enforce the law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enforce%20the%20law. Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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