Definition of enforce in English:


Pronunciation /enˈfôrs//inˈfôrs/


  • 1 Compel observance of or compliance with (a law, rule, or obligation)

    • ‘And how the Supreme Court decides them will be a telling indicator of its commitment to enforcing the rule of law.’
    • ‘Far harder to deliver these promises and for external agencies to monitor and enforce them.’
    • ‘Their duty and responsibility are to enforce the laws, to investigate, and to prosecute…’
    • ‘First, the Attorney General enforces the law, both criminal and civil.’
    • ‘The letter then went on to give instances in which the government authorities enforced the rule of law.’
    • ‘Jurisdiction to enforce laws relating to dumping follows the same pattern.’
    • ‘Schools must be responsible when awarding these contracts for enforcing the conditions in the tender agreements.’
    • ‘The way in which the police maintained order and enforced the law was itself supposed to be governed by legalistic procedures and constraints.’
    • ‘The commissioner is responsible for enforcing the law regarding data protection and freedom of information’
    • ‘There are also provisions that create statutory obligations to enforce the Act.’
    • ‘The policy calls for all police to strictly enforce the laws and arrest all drug dealers.’
    • ‘Both criminal and civil laws are enforced by a national police force.’
    • ‘Strict liability offences are only necessary if there is no other means of achieving the ends of protecting the public and enforcing the law.’
    • ‘It is one thing to say that the powers of the civil courts can be invoked to enforce the criminal law.’
    • ‘Just as predictably, he insisted that prosecutors and police were only enforcing the law.’
    • ‘Damages were being sought for compensation as a result of the council's negligent advice and not primarily to enforce a public law right.’
    • ‘Before long, traffic cops would have to start enforcing the minimum speed requirement.’
    • ‘A judge has to enforce the law that is made by Parliament or made under the authority of Parliament.’
    • ‘These contracts make explicit the duty parents have to impose boundaries and enforce discipline.’
    • ‘The Legislature has yet to fund a task force charged with enforcing the act.’
    force, compel, exact, extort, demand, insist on, require, necessitate
    impose, apply, carry out, administer, implement, bring to bear, discharge, fulfil, execute, prosecute
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    1. 1.1 Cause (something) to happen by necessity or force.
      ‘there is no outside agency to enforce cooperation between the players’
      • ‘On Thursday, word got around that either the local or federal government was about to begin enforcing the mandatory evacuation.’
      • ‘The good news is that most political forces are willing to enforce the changes.’
      • ‘In addition, some problems arise beyond the control of banks, such as difficulties with the legal system enforcing loan contracts and compensation.’
      • ‘This is in contrast to enforcing ethical norms, which is a matter all officials must be concerned about.’
      • ‘He also agreed to make it easier for farmers to appeal against Government officials entering their farms or enforcing a compulsory vaccination or slaughter policy.’
      • ‘Is the Assembly powerful enough to enforce a political solution outside the limits of the Constitution?’
      • ‘Mainstream politicians are agreed that enforcing this regime is necessary to keep all chief executives happy.’
      • ‘While there are businesses that enforce mandatory retirement, I don't know much about them.’
      • ‘I was sure that theme nights had some built-in stipulation enforcing dressing up, but alas I have to say I was related to everyone who made an effort.’
      • ‘Perhaps the time has come to take this a step further, by enforcing compulsory contributions on both employers and employees.’
      • ‘The alliance spokesperson also warns the council that enforcing their anti-bonfire directive could force people into burning refuse in their fireplaces.’
      • ‘It's been a force for enforcing peace.’
      • ‘The teenager's death prompted Stanwell residents to join forces to try to enforce a new traffic calming scheme in Long Lane.’
      • ‘If you are an employee, partner, affiliate or legal representative of any site which enforces compulsory user registration then we require you to complete our registration process.’
      • ‘He said yesterday that the problem would not be solved until a worldwide body was able to enforce the necessary changes.’
      • ‘He was apparently the only reporter in the city when U.S. forces were enforcing a crippling siege.’
      compulsory, obligatory, mandatory, involuntary, forced, exacted, coerced, imposed, demanded, required, requisite, stipulated, contractual, binding, necessitated, necessary, unavoidable, inescapable, obliged, impelled, constrained, dictated, ordained, prescribed
      de rigueur
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Middle English (in the senses strive and impel by force; formerly also as inforce): from Old French enforcir, enforcier, based on Latin in- in + fortis strong.