Definition of enforce in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈfôrs/
Pronunciation: /enˈfôrs/


[with object]
1Compel observance of or compliance with (a law, rule, or obligation).
Example sentences
  • Damages were being sought for compensation as a result of the council's negligent advice and not primarily to enforce a public law right.
  • And how the Supreme Court decides them will be a telling indicator of its commitment to enforcing the rule of law.
  • The letter then went on to give instances in which the government authorities enforced the rule of law.
impose, apply, administer, implement, bring to bear, discharge, execute, prosecute
force, compel, coerce, exact, extort
archaic constrain
1.1Cause (something) to happen by necessity or force: there is no outside agency to enforce cooperation between the players
More example sentences
  • It's been a force for enforcing peace.
  • The teenager's death prompted Stanwell residents to join forces to try to enforce a new traffic calming scheme in Long Lane.
  • The good news is that most political forces are willing to enforce the changes.
compulsory, obligatory, mandatory, involuntary, forced, imposed, required, requisite, stipulated, prescribed, contractual, binding, necessary, unavoidable, inescapable


Middle English (in the senses 'strive' and 'impel by force'; formerly also as inforce): from Old French enforcir, enforcier, based on Latin in- 'in' + fortis 'strong'.

Words that rhyme with enforce

coarse, corse, course, divorce, endorse (US indorse), force, gorse, hoarse, horse, morse, Norse, perforce, reinforce, sauce, source, torse

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Syllabification: en·force

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