Definition of in (or into) force in US English:

in (or into) force

phrase

  • The state of being in effect or valid.

    ‘the law came into force in January’
    ‘the US has over $8 trillion worth of life insurance in force’
    • ‘The building needs to comply with the disability discrimination act that comes into force at the end of the month.’
    • ‘It exceeds all standards and will do very well with the energy labelling when it comes into force.’
    • ‘A judicial review is to be launched today at the High Court to overturn the ban which comes into force in February.’
    • ‘But this could be due to the fact application forms were only available on the day the act came into force.’
    • ‘The government has also begun council tax revaluation, which comes into force in 2007.’
    • ‘Today, the civil unions bill comes into force, and people can apply for a licence.’
    • ‘Under the Hunting Act, which came into force in February this year, it is illegal to allow a pack of dogs to hunt and kill a fox.’
    • ‘He specifically hit out at the new EU-imposed restrictions which came into force last January.’
    • ‘Huntsmen say they have made a mockery of the law by legally killing a fox, only hours after the hunting ban came into force.’
    • ‘This is the third set of powers contained in the Anti-Social Behaviour Act to come into force locally.’
    • ‘The electoral roll which Bradford Council is working from came into force on December 1.’
    • ‘Saturday marked the first test of the controversial Hunting Act, which came into force on Friday.’
    • ‘New Zealand banned smoking in all workplaces last December and a similar ban has just come into force in Italy.’
    • ‘If approved, it is hoped it will come into force within the current financial year.’
    • ‘From April a new system of collecting garden waste will come into force.’
    • ‘The new school year has begun at Summerhill and hence the new traffic plans have come into force.’
    • ‘The huge payments are being made under a clause in the consultants' new contract that came into force this year.’
    • ‘Other large businesses have been working to limit the effects of the ban before it comes into force.’
    • ‘For many it was an emotional day as the ban, which many believed would never come into force, finally arrived.’
    • ‘The order comes into force on Saturday and will remain active for six months.’
    effective, in operation, operative, operational, in action, valid, on the statute book, current, live, active
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