- To enforce is described as to compel someone to abide by a rule, law or order.
When the police compel you to obey speed limits or else get a ticket, this is an example of a situation where the police enforce the law.
Police enforce the law.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to give force to; urge: to enforce an argument by analogies
- to bring about or impose by force: to enforce one's will on a child
- to compel observance of (a law, etc.)
Origin: Middle English enforcen ; from Old French enforcier ; from en-, inch(es) plush force, force
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transitive verb en·forced, en·forc·ing, en·forc·es
- To compel observance of or obedience to: enforce a law.
- To impose (a kind of behavior, for example): enforce military discipline.
- To give force to; reinforce: “enforces its plea with a description of the pains of hell” (Albert C. Baugh).
Origin: 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·forceˈa·bilˌi·ty noun
- en·forceˈa·ble adjective
- en·forceˈment noun
- en·forcˈer noun