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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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