enforce[en fôrs′, in-]
Police enforce the law.
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.
transitive verben·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 of enforceMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present enforces, present participle enforcing, simple past and past participle enforced)
- To give strength or force to; to affirm, to emphasize. [from 15th c.]
- The victim was able to enforce his evidence against the alleged perpetrator.
- (archaic) To compel, oblige (someone or something); to force. [from 16th c.]
- To keep up, impose or bring into effect something, not necessarily by force. [from 17th c.]
- The police are there to enforce the law.
- To prove; to evince.
From Old French enforcier, from Late Latin infortiāre, from in- + fortis (“strong”).