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
Origin and Etymology of enforce
Middle English, from Anglo-French enforcer, from en- + force force
First Known Use: 14th century
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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