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. An Oregon judge:

    From a legal point of view, which unfortunately today is my job to enforce, he didn't do anything wrong.

  2. Kevin Bales:

    Everybody's against slavery, all we have to do is enforce existing laws against something everyone agrees is pretty horrific, so to me that seems like a pretty good thing.

  3. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Talking and discussing the rights, yours and ours, puts you and us, in the wave of judicial mirage for hoping equality and justice. As a bare reality, the United Nations cannot employ and enforce that under its veto sword, in the presence of civilized Ali Baba and hundreds of lawmakers-thieves.

  4. Democratic House manager Adam Schiff:

    In the category of you can't make this stuff up, the judge says if the Congress can't enforce its subpoenas in court, then what remedy is there ? And the Justice Department and Commerce Department lawyer's response is impeachment.

  5. Harper Jean Tobin:

    The Trump administration, in the last year-plus, has been sending signals that The Trump administration wants to not only not enforce but change The Trump administration interpretation of health care law to exclude protections for transgender people.

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