- 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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1. administer, impose, execute, apply.
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Examples from the Web for enforced
It has argued that it would lose $100,000 in business if the regulations are enforced.Things Are Going Downhill Fast for Uber
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In an era of enforced celebration, individuals lose control over who they can let party on their property.Gay Marriage Vs. the First Amendment
August 22, 2014
Rather, there are nebulous decrees that can potentially be enforced by the Thai authorities.The Wild, Wild West of Thai Surrogacy
August 7, 2014
History does not record whether it was enforced, though Indians and NOPD kept on clashing.Mardi Gras Indian Chief Larry Bannock’s Final Ride
May 16, 2014
Patents, may I remind you, expire after 20 years, but copyrights to recordings can be enforced for a century or more.Apple Wants Beats So It Can Control You
May 12, 2014
However, in this enforced silence she thought only of him; he was always in her mind.The Dream
Certain aspects of enforced Germanization can but afflict all outsiders.In the Heart of Vosges
Now, thought I, shall I have the subject of next Tuesday enforced upon me.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
They enforced their live strength with the power of dead things.White Fang
This moment of enforced inactivity was a very difficult one for him.A Spirit in Prison
- 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)
Word Origin and History for enforced
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