enforce

[en-fawrs, -fohrs]
verb (used with object), enforced, enforcing.
1.
to put or keep in force; compel obedience to: to enforce a rule; Traffic laws will be strictly enforced.
2.
to obtain (payment, obedience, etc.) by force or compulsion.
3.
to impose (a course of action) upon a person: The doctor enforced a strict dietary regimen.
4.
to support (a demand, claim, etc.) by force: to enforce one's rights as a citizen.
5.
to impress or urge (an argument, contention, etc.) forcibly; lay stress upon: He enforced his argument by adding details.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English enforcen < Anglo-French enforcer, Old French enforcier, enforc(ir), equivalent to en- en-1 + forci(e)r to force

enforceable, adjective
enforceability, noun
enforcedly [en-fawr-sid-lee, -fohr-] , adverb
enforcer, noun
enforcive, adjective
half-enforced, adjective
nonenforceable, adjective
nonenforced, adjective
nonenforcedly, adverb
nonenforcing, adjective
preenforce, verb (used with object), preenforced, preenforcing.
quasi-enforced, adjective
unenforceability, noun
unenforceable, adjective
unenforced, adjective
unenforcedly, adverb
well-enforced, adjective


1. administer, impose, execute, apply.
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enforce (ɪnˈfɔːs)
 
vb
1.  to ensure observance of or obedience to (a law, decision, etc)
2.  to impose (obedience, loyalty, etc) by or as by force
3.  to emphasize or reinforce (an argument, demand, etc)
 
en'forceable
 
adj
 
enforcea'bility
 
n
 
enforcedly
 
adv
 
en'forcement
 
n
 
en'forcer
 
n

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enforce
mid-14c., from en- "make, put in" + force. Related: Enforced; enforcing.
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Example sentences
The law must be enforced, and the guilty tried and punished.
It amounts to a predatory system of obligation, set down in no laws, enforced
  by implied threat.
The drug companies argued that there would be no incentive for research and
  development if patents were not enforced.
Opponents to this approach argue that targets need to be internationally
  binding and enforced.
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