enforce

verb en·force \ in-ˈfȯrs , en- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of enforce

transitive verb
1 : to give force to : strengthen
2 : to urge with energy
  • enforce arguments
3 : constrain, compel
  • enforce obedience
4 obsolete : to effect or gain by force
5 : to carry out effectively
  • enforce laws

enforceability

play \in-ˌfȯr-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē, en-\ noun

enforceable

play \in-ˈfȯr-sə-bəl, en-\ adjective

enforcement

play \in-ˈfȯr-smənt, en-\ noun

Examples of enforce in a Sentence

  1. Police will be enforcing the parking ban.

  2. the duty of the police is to enforce the law

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Origin and Etymology of enforce

Middle English, from Anglo-French enforcer, from en- + force force



ENFORCE Defined for English Language Learners

enforce

verb

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

enforce

verb en·force \ in-ˈfȯrs \

Definition of enforce for Students

enforced; enforcing
1 : to make happen
  • He tried to enforce cooperation.
2 : to carry out or make effective
  • enforce a law

enforcement

\–mənt\ noun

Law Dictionary

enforce

transitive verb en·force

legal Definition of enforce

enforced; enforcing
: 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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