enforce

  • 1 enforce — en·force vt en·forced, en·forc·ing: 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 Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Enforce — En*force , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Enforced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Enforcing}.] [OF. enforcier to strengthen, force, F. enforcir; pref. en (L. in) + F. force. See {Force}.] 1. To put force upon; to force; to constrain; to compel; as, to enforce… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 enforce — enforce, implement are comparable when they mean to put something into effect or operation. Enforce is used chiefly in reference to laws or statutes. The term suggests the exercise of executive rather than legislative power or the use of the… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 enforce — [en fôrs′, infôrs′] vt. enforced, enforcing [ME enforcen < OFr enforcier < en , in + force, FORCE] 1. to give force to; urge [to enforce an argument by analogies] 2. to bring about or impose by force [to enforce one s will on a child] 3. to …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Enforce — En*force , n. Force; strength; power. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A petty enterprise of small enforce. Milton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 enforce — UK US /ɪnˈfɔːs/ US  / ˈfɔːrs/ verb [T] ► LAW to make sure that people obey something such as a law or rule: »Regulations do not mean anything unless they are enforced. »The bar had a lawsuit filed against it for not enforcing the smoking ban. ►… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 7 Enforce — En*force, v. i. 1. To attempt by force. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To prove; to evince. [R.] Hooker. [1913 Webster] 3. To strengthen; to grow strong. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 enforce — early 14c., to drive by physical force; mid 14c., make an effort; strengthen a place; compel, from O.Fr. enforcier or from EN (Cf. en ) (1) make, put in + FORCE (Cf. force). Related: Enforced; enforcing …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 enforce — is the correct spelling, not inforce (which however survives in reinforce). Its typical grammatical objects are such things as a law or rule, a ban, a policy, a person s wish, etc. The derived adjective is enforceable …

    Modern English usage

  • 10 enforce — [v] put a rule, plan in force accomplish, administer, administrate, apply, carry out, coerce, commandeer, compel, constrain, crack down, demand, dictate, discharge, dragoon, drive, effect, egg on*, emphasize, exact, execute, exert, expect, extort …

    New thesaurus

  • 11 enforce — ► VERB 1) compel compliance with (a law, rule, or obligation). 2) cause to happen by necessity or force. DERIVATIVES enforceable adjective enforced adjective enforcement noun enforcer noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 enforce */*/ — UK [ɪnˈfɔː(r)s] / US [ɪnˈfɔrs] verb [transitive] Word forms enforce : present tense I/you/we/they enforce he/she/it enforces present participle enforcing past tense enforced past participle enforced a) to make sure that a law or rule is obeyed by …

    English dictionary

  • 13 enforce — verb ADVERB ▪ fully, rigidly, rigorously, strictly, stringently, vigorously ▪ The rules were strictly enforced. ▪ consistently …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 enforce — en|force [ınˈfo:s US o:rs] v [T] 1.) to make people obey a rule or law enforce a law/ban etc ▪ Governments make laws and the police enforce them. ▪ Parking restrictions will be strictly enforced . 2.) to make something happen or force someone to… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 enforce — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French enforcer, from en + force force Date: 14th century 1. to give force to ; strengthen 2. to urge with energy < enforce arguments > 3. constrain, compel < enforce …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 enforce — en|force [ ın fɔrs ] verb transitive ** to make sure that a law or rule is obeyed by people: The main role of the police is to uphold and enforce the law. Troops were sent into the area to enforce the treaty. a. to make sure that something… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 enforce — /ɛnˈfɔs / (say en faws), /ən / (say uhn ) verb (t) (enforced, enforcing) 1. to put or keep in force; compel obedience to: to enforce laws; to enforce rules. 2. to obtain (payment, obedience, etc.) by force or compulsion. 3. to impose (a course of …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 enforce — enforceable, adj. enforceability, n. enforcedly /en fawr sid lee, fohr /, adv. enforcer, n. enforcive, adj. /en fawrs , fohrs /, v.t., enforced, enforcing. 1. to put or keep in force; compel obedience to: to enforce a rule; Traffic laws will be… …

    Universalium

  • 19 enforce — verb /ɪnˈfɔːs/ a) To give strength or force to; to affirm, to emphasize. I pray you enforce youreselff at that justis that ye may be beste, for my love. b) To compel, oblige (someone or something); to force …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 enforce — v. to enforce rigidly, strictly, stringently * * * [ɪn fɔːs] strictly stringently to enforce rigidly …

    Combinatory dictionary


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