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en·force

 (ĕn-fôrs′)
tr.v. en·forced, en·forc·ing, en·forc·es
1. To compel observance of or obedience to: enforce a law.
2. To impose (a kind of behavior, for example): enforce military discipline.
3. To give force to; reinforce: "enforces its plea with a description of the pains of hell" (Albert C. Baugh).

[Middle English enforcen, from Old French enforcier, to exert force, compel, and from enforcir, to strengthen : en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + force, strength; see force.]

en·force′a·bil′i·ty n.
en·force′a·ble adj.
en·force′ment n.
en·forc′er n.

enforce

(ɪnˈfɔːs)
vb (tr)
1. to ensure observance of or obedience to (a law, decision, etc)
2. to impose (obedience, loyalty, etc) by or as by force
3. to emphasize or reinforce (an argument, demand, etc)
enˈforceable adj
enˌforceaˈbility n
enforcedly adv
enˈforcement n
enˈforcer n

en•force

(ɛnˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs)

v.t. -forced, -forc•ing.
1. to put or keep in force; compel obedience to: to enforce a law.
2. to obtain by force or compulsion; compel: to enforce obedience.
3. to impose (a course of action) upon a person.
4. to support by force.
5. to impress or urge forcibly.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French enforcer, Old French enforcier, enforc(ir)=en- en-1 + forci(e)r to force]
en•force′a•ble, adj.
en•force`a•bil′i•ty, n.
en•forc′ed•ly, adv.
en•force′ment, n.

enforce


Past participle: enforced
Gerund: enforcing

Imperative
enforce
enforce
Present
I enforce
you enforce
he/she/it enforces
we enforce
you enforce
they enforce
Preterite
I enforced
you enforced
he/she/it enforced
we enforced
you enforced
they enforced
Present Continuous
I am enforcing
you are enforcing
he/she/it is enforcing
we are enforcing
you are enforcing
they are enforcing
Present Perfect
I have enforced
you have enforced
he/she/it has enforced
we have enforced
you have enforced
they have enforced
Past Continuous
I was enforcing
you were enforcing
he/she/it was enforcing
we were enforcing
you were enforcing
they were enforcing
Past Perfect
I had enforced
you had enforced
he/she/it had enforced
we had enforced
you had enforced
they had enforced
Future
I will enforce
you will enforce
he/she/it will enforce
we will enforce
you will enforce
they will enforce
Future Perfect
I will have enforced
you will have enforced
he/she/it will have enforced
we will have enforced
you will have enforced
they will have enforced
Future Continuous
I will be enforcing
you will be enforcing
he/she/it will be enforcing
we will be enforcing
you will be enforcing
they will be enforcing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been enforcing
you have been enforcing
he/she/it has been enforcing
we have been enforcing
you have been enforcing
they have been enforcing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been enforcing
you will have been enforcing
he/she/it will have been enforcing
we will have been enforcing
you will have been enforcing
they will have been enforcing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been enforcing
you had been enforcing
he/she/it had been enforcing
we had been enforcing
you had been enforcing
they had been enforcing
Conditional
I would enforce
you would enforce
he/she/it would enforce
we would enforce
you would enforce
they would enforce
Past Conditional
I would have enforced
you would have enforced
he/she/it would have enforced
we would have enforced
you would have enforced
they would have enforced
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.enforce - ensure observance of laws and rulesenforce - ensure observance of laws and rules; "Apply the rules to everyone";
compel, obligate, oblige - force somebody to do something; "We compel all students to fill out this form"
execute, run - carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine; "Run the dishwasher"; "run a new program on the Mac"; "the computer executed the instruction"
execute - carry out the legalities of; "execute a will or a deed"
exempt, relieve, free - grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to; "She exempted me from the exam"
2.enforce - compel to behave in a certain way; "Social relations impose courtesy"
compel, obligate, oblige - force somebody to do something; "We compel all students to fill out this form"

enforce

verb
1. carry out, apply, implement, fulfil, execute, administer, put into effect, put into action, put into operation, put in force The measures are being enforced by Interior Ministry troops.
2. impose, force, require, urge, insist on, compel, exact, oblige, constrain, coerce They tried to limit the cost by enforcing a low-tech specification.

enforce

verb
To compel observance of:
Idioms: put in force, put into action.
Translations
يَفْرِض، يُلْزِم
gennemtvingehåndhæve
framfylgja
vykdymas
ieviest/iedzīvināt
uveljaviti

enforce

[ɪnˈfɔːs] VT
1. (= make effective) [+ law] → hacer cumplir; [+ argument] → imponer; [+ claim] → hacer valer; [+ rights] → hacer respetar; [+ demand] → insistir en; [+ sentence] → ejecutar
2. (= compel) [+ obedience, attendance] → imponer (on a)

enforce

[ɪnˈfɔːrs] vt (= impose) [+ rule, law] → appliquer; [+ ban] → imposer; [+ ceasefire, embargo] → décréter

enforce

vt
durchführen, Geltung verschaffen (+dat); one’s claims, rightsgeltend machen; disciplinesorgen für, schaffen; decision, policy, ban, rulingdurchsetzen; measuresdurchführen; sanctionsverhängen; the police enforce the lawdie Polizei sorgt für die Einhaltung der Gesetze; to enforce silence/obediencesich (dat)Ruhe/Gehorsam verschaffen; to enforce something (up)on somebodyjdm etw aufzwingen
(rare, = give force to) demandNachdruck verschaffen (+dat); argumentstützen, untermauern

enforce

[ɪnˈfɔːs] vt (decision, policy) → attuare; (law, regulation) → far osservare, far rispettare; (obedience) → imporre; (argument) → rafforzare

enforce

(inˈfoːs) verb
to cause (a law, a command, one's own will etc) to be carried out. There is a law against dropping litter but it is rarely enforced.
enˈforcement noun

enforce

v. [rules, law] hacer cumplir;
___ the lawhacer cumplir la ley.
References in classic literature ?
Meg laughed, for she was glad to see a glimmer of Jo's old spirit, but she felt it her duty to enforce her opinion by every argument in her power, and the sisterly chats were not wasted, especially as two of Meg's most effective arguments were the babies, whom Jo loved tenderly.
After allowing a moment of stillness to enforce his discipline, the voice of the singer was heard, in low, murmuring syllables, gradually stealing on the ear, until it filled the narrow vault with sounds rendered trebly thrilling by the feeble and tremulous utterance produced by his debility.
In Chicago the city government was simply one of its branch offices; it stole billions of gallons of city water openly, it dictated to the courts the sentences of disorderly strikers, it forbade the mayor to enforce the building laws against it.
But Miss Mowcher, finding that I was not at present disposed for any decoration within the range of her art, and that I was, for the time being, proof against the blandishments of the small bottle which she held up before one eye to enforce her persuasions, said we would make a beginning on an early day, and requested the aid of my hand to descend from her elevated station.
Others, which involved the rival claims of more elevated persons, were determined by the heralds, or by the two marshals of the field, William de Wyvil, and Stephen de Martival, who, armed at all points, rode up and down the lists to enforce and preserve good order among the spectators.
And as it was tyranny in any government to require the first, so it was weakness not to enforce the second: for a man may be allowed to keep poisons in his closet, but not to vend them about for cordials.
Pray speak very seriously to him on this subject, and make him realize that he will most seriously displease me if he remains obstinate, and that he will certainly regret the measures I shall be obliged to take to enforce my will.
While the strict legal right may exist in the government to enforce the exercise of these offices, the attempt to do so would be so irritating, and so nearly impracticable withal, that I deem it better to forego for the time the uses of such offices.
Make not many proclamations; but those thou makest take care that they be good ones, and above all that they be observed and carried out; for proclamations that are not observed are the same as if they did not exist; nay, they encourage the idea that the prince who had the wisdom and authority to make them had not the power to enforce them; and laws that threaten and are not enforced come to he like the log, the king of the frogs, that frightened them at first, but that in time they despised and mounted upon.
The army under such circumstances may usefully aid the magistrate to suppress a small faction, or an occasional mob, or insurrection; but it will be unable to enforce encroachments against the united efforts of the great body of the people.
It is considered a disgrace to any State that legislation should have to enforce what ought to be, and is in every respectable female, a natural instinct.
Such is the resentment of the people against the Stamp- Duty, that there can be no dependence upon the General Court to take any steps to enforce, or rather advise, to the payment of it.