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Meaning of ENFORCE

Pronunciation:  en'fowrs

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  ensure observance of laws and rules; "Apply the rules to everyone";
  2. [v]  compel or impose; "Social relations impose courtesy"

ENFORCE is a 7 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: apply, implement, impose
 Antonyms: exempt, free, relieve
 See Also: carry, clamp down, compel, execute, get tough, obligate, oblige, run



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \En*force"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Enforced}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Enforcing}.] [OF. enforcier to strengthen, force, F.
    enforcir; pref. en- (L. in) + F. force. See {Force}.]
    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.'' --Spenser.
    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.
  2. \En*force\, v. i.
    1. To attempt by force. [Obs.]
    2. To prove; to evince. [R.] --Hooker.
    3. To strengthen; to grow strong. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  3. \En*force"\, n.
    Force; strength; power. [Obs.]
          A petty enterprise of small enforce.     --Milton.
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