Definitions of enforce

  1. ensure observance of laws and rules; " Apply the rules to everyone";
  2. compel or impose; " Social relations impose courtesy"
  3. compel to behave in a certain way; " Social relations impose courtesy"
  4. To put force upon; to force; to constrain; to compel; as, to enforce obedience to commands.
  5. To make or gain by force; to obtain by force; as, to enforce a passage.
  6. To put in motion or action by violence; to drive.
  7. To give force to; to strengthen; to invigorate; to urge with energy; as, to enforce arguments or requests.
  8. To put in force; to cause to take effect; to give effect to; to execute with vigor; as, to enforce the laws.
  9. To attempt by force.
  10. To prove; to evince.
  11. To strengthen; to grow strong.
  12. Force; strength; power.
  13. To urge or compel; to execute with vigor.
  14. To gain by force: to give force to: to put in force: to give effect to: to urge.
  15. Enforcement.
  16. To compel by force; put in force; urge.
  17. To execute, as laws.
  18. To exact or obtain by force.
  19. To urge forcibly; impress.
  20. To constrain; to compel; to urge with energy; to give strength or force to; to impress on the mind.

Usage examples for enforce

  1. The courts always took this view of the Organic Act, and refused to enforce acts which were clearly in opposition to its provisions. – History of the Constitutions of Iowa by Benjamin F. Shambaugh
  2. Besides these purposes, it was appointed to enforce, and to make the whole fabric of the national wealth consciously rest upon, this thought contained in our text. – Expositions of Holy Scripture Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers by Alexander Maclaren
  3. His word had come to be our law, since it was but child's play for him to enforce it. – IT and Other Stories by Gouverneur Morris
  4. If Lieutenant Lyon should discover the escort, he will re- enforce it, sending back a messenger to you, Major. – A Lieutenant at Eighteen by Oliver Optic
  5. The United States commissioners might enforce the law by the aid of any number of assistants, and, in the last resort, might summon the entire population to help them. – Stories of the Badger State by Reuben Gold Thwaites
  6. Pasquale had power to enforce his commands and the other knew he would not hesitate to use it. – Steve Yeager by William MacLeod Raine
  7. Terry and his lawyers affected to hold in contempt the Supreme Court decree, and seemed to think no serious attempt would be made to enforce it. – Personal Reminiscences of Early Days in California with Other Sketches; To Which Is Added the Story of His Attempted Assassination by a Former Associate on the Supreme Bench of the State by Stephen Field; George C. Gorham
  8. Mr. Webster's plan was to maintain a firm attitude, enforce absolute submission to all constitutional laws, and prove that agitation against the Union could lead only to defeat. – Daniel Webster by Henry Cabot Lodge
  9. Could I enforce the will after all? – Children of the Market Place by Edgar Lee Masters
  10. It is mine to enforce it by my conception of the situation as it stands in Russia and Europe to- day. – The Bullitt Mission to Russia by William C. Bullitt
  11. " To be frank with you," he added, " my doubts are not so much concerning the terms of peace themselves as the power of the German democracy to enforce them." – The Devil's Paw by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  12. They constitute the unity and strength of all creation and promulgate and enforce the laws of nature. – The Universe a Vast Electric Organism by George Woodward Warder
  13. 28. To what length will this effort to enforce the worship of the image of the beast be carried? – Bible-Readings-for-the-Home-Circle by
  14. Unlike the law between man and man, which modern states enforce by organized compulsion, there is no standing organization whose business it is to see that it is kept. – The Unity of Civilization by Various
  15. Each ended with an intimation that unless payment were made within a specified time, proceedings would be taken to enforce it. – Johnstone of the Border by Harold Bindloss
  16. I'm going to re- enforce my store windows so the crowds can't push 'em in. – Interference and Other Football Stories by Harold M. Sherman
  17. It was by a few insignificant forts, separated by oceans of fresh water and uncounted leagues of forest, that the two great European powers, France first, and now England, endeavored to enforce their claims to this vast domain. – The Conspiracy of Pontiac and the Indian War after the Conquest of Canada by Francis Parkman
  18. When the dwelling- room is also the work- room, it is impossible to enforce by any machinery of law, close limitation of hours of labour. – Problems of Poverty by John A. Hobson