Definition of Enforce

1. Verb. Ensure observance of laws and rules. "Apply the rules to everyone"

Exact synonyms: Apply, Implement
Generic synonyms: Compel, Obligate, Oblige
Specialized synonyms: Execute, Run, Execute
Derivative terms: Applicative, Enforcement, Enforcer
Antonyms: Exempt



2. Verb. Compel to behave in a certain way. "Social relations impose courtesy"
Exact synonyms: Impose
Generic synonyms: Compel, Obligate, Oblige
Derivative terms: Enforcement

Definition of Enforce

1. v. t. To put force upon; to force; to constrain; to compel; as, to enforce obedience to commands.

2. v. i. To attempt by force.

3. n. Force; strength; power.

Definition of Enforce

1. Verb. (obsolete transitive) To strengthen (a castle, town etc.) with extra troops, fortifications etc. (defdate 14th-18th c.) ¹

2. Verb. (obsolete transitive) To intensify, make stronger, add force to. (defdate 14th-18th c.) ¹

3. Verb. (obsolete reflexive) To exert oneself, to try hard. (defdate 14th-17th c.) ¹

4. Verb. To give strength or force to; to affirm, to emphasize. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

5. Verb. (archaic) To compel, oblige (someone or something); to force. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

6. Verb. To keep up, impose or bring into effect something, not necessarily by force. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Enforce

1. to compel obedience to [v -FORCED, -FORCING, -FORCES]

Medical Definition of Enforce

1. 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." 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) Origin: OF. Enforcier to strengthen, force, F. Enforcir; pref. En- (L. In) + F. Force. See Force. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Enforce

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1919)
"Among them was the following: "It is not every parol contract which the court will specifically enforce. It will never enforce any parol contract for the ..."

2. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1922)
"... authorizing action to enforce an order of the Commission requiring a carrier to refund excessive charges to the insurer, does not require that the ..."

3. Ethics: Descriptive and Explanatory by Sidney Edward Mezes (1900)
"Why enforce Morality ? The question of this section naturally breaks up into two ... For the main question means, Why enforce morality on others ? and also, ..."

4. Handbook on the Law of Real Property by Earl Palmer Hopkins (1896)
"ATI entry to enforce a forfeiture for a breach of condition can be made only by the grantor, or his heirs, except: EXCEPTION—The assignee of a reversion ..."

5. A Treatise on the Law of Non-residents and Foreign Corporations as by Conrad Reno (1892)
"Illustrations of local suits to enforce liens, etc. The following are illustrations of local suits to enforce liens, etc., within the meaning of section 738 ..."

6. The law of mines, quarries and minerals by Robert Forster MacSwinney (1884)
"If, therefore, the mines or quarries have enforce "rad"' ^een exhausted or ... the vendor cannot m general enforce the contract; and,on the other hand, ..."

7. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1919)
"Among them was the following: "It is not every parol contract which the court will specifically enforce. It will never enforce any parol contract for the ..."

8. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1922)
"... authorizing action to enforce an order of the Commission requiring a carrier to refund excessive charges to the insurer, does not require that the ..."

9. Ethics: Descriptive and Explanatory by Sidney Edward Mezes (1900)
"Why enforce Morality ? The question of this section naturally breaks up into two ... For the main question means, Why enforce morality on others ? and also, ..."

10. Handbook on the Law of Real Property by Earl Palmer Hopkins (1896)
"ATI entry to enforce a forfeiture for a breach of condition can be made only by the grantor, or his heirs, except: EXCEPTION—The assignee of a reversion ..."

11. A Treatise on the Law of Non-residents and Foreign Corporations as by Conrad Reno (1892)
"Illustrations of local suits to enforce liens, etc. The following are illustrations of local suits to enforce liens, etc., within the meaning of section 738 ..."

12. The law of mines, quarries and minerals by Robert Forster MacSwinney (1884)
"If, therefore, the mines or quarries have enforce "rad"' ^een exhausted or ... the vendor cannot m general enforce the contract; and,on the other hand, ..."

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