Definitions for enforceɛnˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

en•forceɛnˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs(v.t.)-forced, -forc•ing.

  1. to put or keep in force; compel obedience to:

    to enforce a law.

  2. to obtain by force or compulsion; compel:

    to enforce obedience.

  3. to impose (a course of action) upon a person.

  4. to support by force.

  5. to impress or urge forcibly.

Origin of enforce:

1275–1325; ME < AF enforcer, OF enforcier, enforc(ir)=en-en -1+forci(e)r to force


Princeton's WordNet

  1. enforce, implement, apply(verb)

    ensure observance of laws and rules

    "Apply the rules to everyone";

  2. enforce, impose(verb)

    compel to behave in a certain way

    "Social relations impose courtesy"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. enforce(verb)ɛnˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs

    to make certain that people follow rules

    The police must enforce the law.; law enforcement


  1. enforce(Verb)

    To strengthen (a castle, town etc.) with extra troops, fortifications etc.

  2. enforce(Verb)

    To intensify, make stronger, add force to.

  3. enforce(Verb)

    To exert oneself, to try hard.

  4. enforce(Verb)

    To give strength or force to; to affirm, to emphasize.

    The victim was able to enforce his evidence against the alleged perpetrator.

  5. enforce(Verb)

    To compel, oblige (someone or something); to force.

  6. enforce(Verb)

    To keep up, impose or bring into effect something, not necessarily by force.

    The police are there to enforce the law.

  7. Origin: From enforcier, from infortiare, from in- + fortis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enforce(verb)

    to put force upon; to force; to constrain; to compel; as, to enforce obedience to commands

  2. Enforce(verb)

    to make or gain by force; to obtain by force; as, to enforce a passage

  3. Enforce(verb)

    to put in motion or action by violence; to drive

  4. Enforce(verb)

    to give force to; to strengthen; to invigorate; to urge with energy; as, to enforce arguments or requests

  5. Enforce(verb)

    to put in force; to cause to take effect; to give effect to; to execute with vigor; as, to enforce the laws

  6. Enforce(verb)

    to urge; to ply hard; to lay much stress upon

  7. Enforce(verb)

    to attempt by force

  8. Enforce(verb)

    to prove; to evince

  9. Enforce(verb)

    to strengthen; to grow strong

  10. Enforce(noun)

    force; strength; power

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'enforce' in Verbs Frequency: #720

Translations for enforce

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to cause (a law, a command, one's own will etc) to be carried out

There is a law against dropping litter but it is rarely enforced.

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