- 1 to 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
- 2enforce something (on somebody) to make something happen or force someone to do something You can't enforce cooperation between the players. Word Familyforce noun verbforceful adjectiveforcefully adverbforced adjective (≠unforced)forcible adjectiveforcibly adverbenforce verb
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NAmE//ɪnˈfɔrs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they enforce
he / she / it enforces
past simple enforced
-ing form enforcing
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NAmE//ɪnˈfɔrsəbl//adjective A gambling debt is not legally enforceable.
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noun [uncountable] strict enforcement of regulations law enforcement officers
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noun They will be tough enforcers of the law.