enforce, implement, apply(verb)
ensure observance of laws and rules
"Apply the rules to everyone";
compel to behave in a certain way
"Social relations impose courtesy"
To strengthen (a castle, town etc.) with extra troops, fortifications etc.
To intensify, make stronger, add force to.
To exert oneself, to try hard.
To give strength or force to; to affirm, to emphasize.
The victim was able to enforce his evidence against the alleged perpetrator.
To compel, oblige (someone or something); to force.
To keep up, impose or bring into effect something, not necessarily by force.
The police are there to enforce the law.
Origin: From enforcier, from infortiare, from in- + fortis.
to put force upon; to force; to constrain; to compel; as, to enforce obedience to commands
to make or gain by force; to obtain by force; as, to enforce a passage
to put in motion or action by violence; to drive
to give force to; to strengthen; to invigorate; to urge with energy; as, to enforce arguments or requests
to put in force; to cause to take effect; to give effect to; to execute with vigor; as, to enforce the laws
to urge; to ply hard; to lay much stress upon
to attempt by force
to prove; to evince
to strengthen; to grow strong
force; strength; power
Origin: [OF. enforcier to strengthen, force, F. enforcir; pref. en- (L. in) + F. force. See Force.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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. enforcer—en (=L. in), and force.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'enforce' in Verbs Frequency: #720
The numerical value of enforce in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of enforce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
What you cannot enforce, do not command.
It is better to inspire a reform than to enforce it.
Justice Marshall has made his decision. Let him enforce it.
I can't enforce that law, so therefore it won't be enforced.
It is a campaign to enforce Hindu rituals on all non-Hindus.
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