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Definition of enforce verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they enforce
    he / she / it enforces
    past simple enforced
    -ing form enforcing
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  1. 1to make sure that people obey a particular law or rule enforce something It's the job of the police to enforce the law. The legislation will be difficult to enforce. United Nations troops enforced a ceasefire in the area. enforce something on/against somebody/something to enforce a ban on smoking
  2. 2enforce something (on somebody) to make something happen or force someone to do something You can't enforce cooperation between the players.
  3. Word Familyforce noun verbforceful adjectiveforcefully adverbforced adjective (unforced)forcible adjectiveforcibly adverbenforce verb
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adjective A gambling debt is not legally enforceable.
noun [uncountable] strict enforcement of regulations law enforcement officers
noun They will be tough enforcers of the law.
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