What does enforce mean?

Definitions for enforce
ɛnˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrsen·force

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. enforce, implement, applyverb

    ensure observance of laws and rules

    "Apply the rules to everyone";

  2. enforce, imposeverb

    compel to behave in a certain way

    "Social relations impose courtesy"

Wiktionary

  1. enforceverb

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

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

  2. enforceverb

    To intensify, make stronger, add force to.

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

  3. enforceverb

    To exert oneself, to try hard.

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

  4. enforceverb

    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. enforceverb

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

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

  6. enforceverb

    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. Enforceverb

    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. Enforceverb

    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. Enforceverb

    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. Enforceverb

    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. Enforceverb

    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. Enforceverb

    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. Enforceverb

    to attempt by force

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

  8. Enforceverb

    to prove; to evince

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

  9. Enforceverb

    to strengthen; to grow strong

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

  10. Enforcenoun

    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.]

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    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. Justin Pidot:

    The statute is written in overbroad terms and could apply to circumstances that we cannot envision, you can imagine a circumstance where a local sheriff might enforce it in order to be vindictive against an enemy, for example.

  2. John Cornyn:

    I don't think the answer to family separation is to not enforce the law, i think the answer to family separation is to not separate families while you are enforcing the law.

  3. State Rep. Keith Murphy:

    The bottom line is they're very hard to enforce, the best way to deal with (underage drinking) is to limit their exposure and not try to play with their content.

  4. Josh Blackman:

    Private citizens enforce the law. The [state] government has no role in enforcing it, so basically every Texas citizen is now a private attorney general.

  5. Duyeon Kim:

    China and Russia will not fully enforce even existing sanctions, geopolitically it would be difficult to designate new sanctions without a very convincing rationale for Beijing, Moscow and even South Korea's Moon government.

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