Definition of enforce in English:

enforce

Line breaks: en|force
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈfɔːs
 
, ɛn-/

verb

[with object]
1Compel observance of or compliance with (a law, rule, or obligation): the role of the police is to enforce the law
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  • 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.
Synonyms
impose, apply, carry out, administer, implement, bring to bear, discharge, fulfil, execute, prosecuteforce, compel, exact, extort, demand, insist on, require, necessitate
archaic constrain
1.1Cause (something) to happen by necessity or force: there is no outside agency to enforce cooperation between the players
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  • 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.
Synonyms
1.2 archaic Press home (a demand or argument): my father spoke like a preacher enforcing a precept of religion
More example sentences
  • The argument only enforced his strong will and I knew he hated me.
  • Nor is it just a question of enforcing one demand.
  • He enforced his argument by adding details.

Origin

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'.

Derivatives

enforceability

Pronunciation: /-səˈbɪlɪti/
noun
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  • The French courts were forced to determine the enforceability of a contract, which authorized the adaptation of his art work.
  • The enforceability of an island-wide charter was questioned.
  • Mr and Mrs Spencer challenged the enforceability of the credit agreement on the grounds that it had not been properly executed.

enforceable

adjective
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  • It is imperative that we obtain an enforceable legal right for patients to access their records in Australia.
  • This is the only outcome that is likely to be enforceable, seen as fair and therefore likely to stand the test of time.
  • But it can work only if it is properly enforceable and if it is able to maintain the respect and the regard of the public.

enforcer

noun
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  • As appreciated that police cannot be everywhere, people should put their sights on offenders to assist the law enforcers.
  • It will also a call for teams of enforcers to monitor opening hours, as well as the sale of alcohol to under-age drinkers and people who are already drunk.
  • The waste enforcers have guaranteed to follow up all reports of fly-tipping with a visit to any reported sites within 24 hours.

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