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enforce, implement, applyverb
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.
Etymology: From enforcier, from infortiare, from in- + fortis.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from force.
He now defies thee thrice to single fight,
As a petty enterprise of small enforce. John Milton, Agonistes.
Etymology: enforcir, French.
The idle stroke, enforcing furious way,
Missing the mark of his misaimed sight,
Did fall to ground. Fairy Queen, b. i. cant.
8. stan. 8.
Sker away as swift as stones
Enforced from the old Assyrian slings. William Shakespeare, Henry V.
Fear gave her wings, and rage enforc’d my flight
Through woods and plains. Fairy Queen, b. ii. cant. 4.
If you knew to whom you shew this honour,
I know you would be prouder of the work,
Than customary bounty can enforce you. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Ven.
Let them assemble;
And, on a safer judgment, all revoke
Your ignorant election; enforce his pride,
And his old hate to you. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.
He prevailed with him, by enforcing the ill consequence of his refusal to take the office, which would be interpreted to his dislike of the court. Edward Hyde.
To avoid all appearance of disaffection, I have taken care to enforce loyalty by an invincible argument. Jonathan Swift.
For competence of life I will allow you,
That lack of means enforce you not to evil. William Shakespeare, H. IV.
A just disdain conceived by that queen, that so wicked a rebel should prevail against her, did move and almost enforce her to send over that mighty army. John Davies, on Ireland.
In this point charge him home, that he affects
Tyrannick pow’r: if he evade us there,
Enforce him with his envy to the people,
And that the spoil got on the Antiates
Was ne’er distributed. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.
To prove; to evince; to shew beyond contradiction.
Which laws in such case we must obey, unless there be reason shewed, which may necessarily enforce that the law of reason, or of God, doth enjoin the contrary. Richard Hooker, b. i.
Enforcement is the process of ensuring compliance with laws, regulations, rules, standards, or social norms.
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
Etymology: [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.]
British National Corpus
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
Examples of enforce in a Sentence
We support the calls of democracy and freedom by the people of Venezuela, i call on President Obama and the State Department to vigorously enforce the sanctions against Venezuelan officials swiftly.
Both departments [HFD and HPD]are working diligently to enforce the spirit of the countys stay-home order, the complaint was resolved via notice of violation as required by the countys order.
There are so many young girls, parents, and teachers who feel inspired, a lot of my peers are shocked about how far this has all gone, but theyre excited. My school administrators, although they still have to enforce the rules, are on board, OK with us protesting, and just want us to have an educational environment we are safe and happy in.
It is hard for me not to use profanity in describing it, we should be using the leverage of the debt ceiling to actually enforce spending restraint.
We need a president that's going to enforce anti-trust laws in this country, and I will be that person.
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