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enforce
American English: /ɪnˈfɔrs/
, /ɛnˈfɔrs/
British English: /ɪnˈfɔːs/
, /ɛnˈfɔːs/

Translation of enforce in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1.1
    (law/regulation)
    hacer respetar or cumplir or obedecer
    (ceasefire)
    hacer respetar
    (claim/right)
    hacer valer
    to enforce one's will
    imponer su voluntad
    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.
    1.2
    also: enforced past participle
    (leisure/silence)
    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.
    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.

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