What does enforce mean?

Definitions for enforce
ɛnˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrsen·force

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. enforce(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From enforcier, from infortiare, from in- + fortis.

  2. enforce(Verb)

    To intensify, make stronger, add force to.

    Etymology: From enforcier, from infortiare, from in- + fortis.

  3. enforce(Verb)

    To exert oneself, to try hard.

    Etymology: From enforcier, from infortiare, from in- + fortis.

  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.

    Etymology: From enforcier, from infortiare, from in- + fortis.

  5. enforce(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From enforcier, from infortiare, from in- + fortis.

  6. enforce(Verb)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enforce(verb)

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

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

  2. Enforce(verb)

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

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

  3. Enforce(verb)

    to put in motion or action by violence; to drive

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

  4. Enforce(verb)

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

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

  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

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

  6. Enforce(verb)

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

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

  7. Enforce(verb)

    to attempt by force

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

  8. Enforce(verb)

    to prove; to evince

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

  9. Enforce(verb)

    to strengthen; to grow strong

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

  10. Enforce(noun)

    force; strength; power

    Etymology: [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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of enforce in a Sentence

  1. Aaron Hutman:

    The banks have to hear something along the lines of 'If you act in good faith, you can expect that we are not going to engage in any heavy-handed enforcement,' that's not the message you get. The message you get is, 'We plan to vigorously enforce our Iran-related laws.'.

  2. Richard Horsey:

    Any attempts to enforce the order to surrender the cards could spark violence.

  3. Health Secretary Matt Hancock:

    Well, we're perfectly prepared to do that if we need to because the objective here is really clear which is to stop the spread of the virus. Of course we will enforce and bring in further strong measures if we need to.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    One of the most frustrating things that I hear is when people say -- who are opposed to any further laws -- 'Why don't you just enforce the laws that are on the books?' and those very same members of Congress then cut (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) budgets to make it impossible to enforce the law.

  5. Joni Ernst:

    While we must enforce current federal gun laws to prevent firearms from getting into the wrong hands, we can and must do so in a way that respects our Constitution.

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