- to put or keep in force; compel obedience to: to enforce a rule; Traffic laws will be strictly enforced.
- to obtain (payment, obedience, etc.) by force or compulsion.
- to impose (a course of action) upon a person: The doctor enforced a strict dietary regimen.
- to support (a demand, claim, etc.) by force: to enforce one's rights as a citizen.
- to impress or urge (an argument, contention, etc.) forcibly; lay stress upon: He enforced his argument by adding details.
Origin of enforce
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Related Wordsprosecute, accomplish, invoke, require, impose, administer, reinforce, sanction, apply, implement, exert, wrest, commandeer, necessitate, coerce, fortify, expect, dictate, hound, whip
Examples from the Web for enforce
Obviously, the first obligation of all liberal democratic governments is to enforce the rule of law.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
January 8, 2015
At any rate, policy can enforce equal rights and foster equal opportunity.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
“Given the number of events which take place across the UK it is likely to be difficult to enforce,” said Rupert Sutton.To Stop ISIS, Britain Is Set to Stop Free Speech
November 25, 2014
People often forget that the National Panhellenic council used to enforce racial segregation by means of strict codes and laws.Stepford Sororities: The Pressures of USC’s Greek Life
Maya Richard Craven
November 17, 2014
So the CIW has looked to the marketplace to enforce these guarantees.We're All Living on The Supermarket Plantation
November 8, 2014
I have been selected by you to execute and enforce the laws of the country.
Accordingly orders were given to enforce the Navigation Act.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
This is the proposition which I intended to enforce in the present section.
All that has been said, then, tends to enforce the culture of the imagination.A Dish Of Orts
They might enforce on them a total abolition of inheritance and bequest.'Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics
William Thomas Thornton
- to ensure observance of or obedience to (a law, decision, etc)
- to impose (obedience, loyalty, etc) by or as by force
- to emphasize or reinforce (an argument, demand, etc)
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Word Origin and History for enforce
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