Enforce Definition

enforced, enforces, enforcing
enforced, enforces, enforcing
To impose (a kind of behavior, for example).
Enforce military discipline.
American Heritage
To give force to; urge.
To enforce an argument by analogies.
Webster's New World
To compel observance of (a law, etc.)
Webster's New World
To bring about or impose by force.
To enforce one's will on a child.
Webster's New World

To prove; to evince.


Origin of Enforce

  • Middle English enforcen from Old French enforcier to exert force, compel, and from enforcir to strengthen en- causative pref. en–1 force strength force

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French enforcier, from Late Latin infortiāre, from in- + fortis (“strong”).

    From Wiktionary

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