What does enforce mean?

Definitions for enforceɛnˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word enforce.

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"


  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

  11. Origin: [OF. enforcier to strengthen, force, F. enforcir; pref. en- (L. in) + F. force. See Force.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Enforce

    en-fōrs′, v.t. to gain by force: to give force to: to put in force: to give effect to: to urge: (Spens.) to attempt.—adj. Enforce′able.—adv. Enforc′edly, by violence, not by choice.—n. Enforce′ment, act of enforcing: compulsion: a giving effect to: that which enforces. [O. Fr. enforceren (=L. in), and force.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of enforce in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of enforce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sophocles:

    What you cannot enforce, do not command.

  2. Catherine The Great:

    It is better to inspire a reform than to enforce it.

  3. Andrew Jackson:

    Justice Marshall has made his decision. Let him enforce it.

  4. Dave Daniel:

    I can't enforce that law, so therefore it won't be enforced.

  5. Abdul Rahim Qureshi:

    It is a campaign to enforce Hindu rituals on all non-Hindus.

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