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Definition of "enforce" []

  • To compel observance of or obedience to: enforce a law. (verb-transitive)
  • To impose (a kind of behavior, for example): enforce military discipline. (verb-transitive)
  • To give force to; reinforce: "enforces its plea with a description of the pains of hell” ( Albert C. Baugh). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "enforce" in a sentence
  • "The Obama administration won a temporary stay against the moratorium on "don't ask, don't tell" Wednesday, granting the Pentagon the right to once again enforce the 17-year-old ban on gay men and women serving openly in the military."
  • "The executive has to set priorities and if a law that makes sick people sicker, puts honest people in jail, costs a lot of money, has almost no discernible benefits, and that you promised not to enforce is not a good candidate for the bottom of the pile, what is?"
  • "Be easy to enforce from a small fixed wing aircraft."