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Enforce meaning

enforce - 13 dictionary results

  1. 1. compel to behave in a certain way; " Social relations impose courtesy"
  2. 2. To put force upon; to force; to constrain; to compel; as, to enforce obedience to commands.
  3. 3. To make or gain by force; to obtain by force; as, to enforce a passage.
  4. 4. To put in motion or action by violence; to drive.
  5. 5. To give force to; to strengthen; to invigorate; to urge with energy; as, to enforce arguments or requests.
  6. 6. To put in force; to cause to take effect; to give effect to; to execute with vigor; as, to enforce the laws.
  7. 7. To urge; to ply hard; to lay much stress upon.
  8. 8. To attempt by force.
  9. 9. To prove; to evince.
  10. 10. To strengthen; to grow strong.
  11. 11. Force; strength; power.
  12. 12. Enforcement.
  13. 13. To compel by force; put in force; urge.

enforce - examples of usage

  1. To enforce payment was difficult, for the fish- curers were invariably found to be the owners of the boats and nets, the sole possessions of the boatmasters. - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
  2. Under other circumstances I should have myself gone forward and roused up the watch, but from the reports Nash and Larry had given me, I knew that it would be useless, as I had no power to enforce obedience. - "Paddy Finn", W. H. G. Kingston.
  3. Whereupon a contest commenced to enforce the performance. - "An History of Birmingham (1783)", William Hutton.
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