Enforce Definition

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[v] ensure observance of laws and rules; "Apply the rules to everyone";
[v] compel or impose; "Social relations impose courtesy"


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Synonyms

apply, implement, impose

Antonyms

exempt, free, relieve

Misc. Definitions

\En*force"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Enforced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Enforcing}.] [OF. enforcier to strengthen, force, F. enforcir; pref. en- (L. in) + F. force. See {Force}.]
1. To put force upon; to force; to constrain; to compel; as, to enforce obedience to commands. Inward joy enforced my heart to smile. --Shak.
2. To make or gain by force; to obtain by force; as, to enforce a passage. ``Enforcing furious way.'' --Spenser.
3. To put in motion or action by violence; to drive. As swift as stones Enforced from the old Assyrian slings. --Shak.
4. To give force to; to strengthen; to invigorate; to urge with energy; as, to enforce arguments or requests. Enforcing sentiment of the thrust humanity. --Burke.
5. To put in force; to cause to take effect; to give effect to; to execute with vigor; as, to enforce the laws.
6. To urge; to ply hard; to lay much stress upon. Enforce him with his envy to the people. --Shak.
\En*force\, v. i.
1. To attempt by force. [Obs.]
2. To prove; to evince. [R.] --Hooker.
3. To strengthen; to grow strong. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
\En*force"\, n. Force; strength; power. [Obs.] A petty enterprise of small enforce. --Milton.

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