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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 ?
Shelby, not knowing any other way of enforcing his ideas, raised his voice,--a mode of arguing very convenient and convincing, when a gentleman is discussing matters of business with his wife.
Lorry, laying stress upon it as a wholesome means of enforcing her attention: "he has been found under another name; his own, long forgotten or long concealed.
Yours is the old system of making laws and enforcing them by penalties, and the superiority of Alton College to other colleges is due, not to any difference of system, but to the comparative reasonableness of its laws and the mildness and judgment with which they are enforced.
D'Artagnan perceived that he was enforcing prudence with respect to himself.
Monsieur Creemsvort," said she, in a whisper: for when the schoolrooms were silent, the directress always moved with velvet tread, and spoke in the most subdued key, enforcing order and stillness fully as much by example as precept: "Monsieur Creemsvort, that young person, who has just entered, wishes to have the advantage of taking lessons with you in English; she is not a pupil of the house; she is, indeed, in one sense, a teacher, for she gives instruction in lace-mending, and in little varieties of ornamental needle-work.
At twelve precisely a drum beat the “long roll ' before the” Bold Dragoon,” and Richard appeared, accompanied by Captain Hollister, who was clad in Investments as commander of the “Templeton Light Infantry,” when the former demanded of the latter the aid of the posse comitatus in enforcing the laws of the country.
Sir Thomas saw all the impropriety of such a scheme among such a party, and at such a time, as strongly as his son had ever supposed he must; he felt it too much, indeed, for many words; and having shaken hands with Edmund, meant to try to lose the disagreeable impression, and forget how much he had been forgotten himself as soon as he could, after the house had been cleared of every object enforcing the remembrance, and restored to its proper state.
In enforcing a truth we need severity rather than efflorescence of language.
A sentinel at each end of the bridge stood with his rifle in the position known as "support," that is to say, vertical in front of the left shoulder, the hammer resting on the forearm thrown straight across the chest -- a formal and unnatural position, enforcing an erect carriage of the body.
He is connected with the Mafia, which, as you know, is a secret political society, enforcing its decrees by murder.
And, Rachel, if any one wants me, I'm busy till one," said her father, enforcing his words as he often did, when he spoke to his daughter, by a smart blow upon the shoulder.
It succeeded in enforcing submission from the jaded man this morning: his empoisoned system at this moment quailed before Bulstrode's cold, resolute bearing, and he was taken off quietly in the carriage before the family breakfast time.