Definition of enforce verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    enforce

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈfɔːs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfɔːrs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they enforce
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈfɔːs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfɔːrs//
     
    he / she / it enforces
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈfɔːsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfɔːrsɪz//
     
    past simple enforced
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈfɔːst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfɔːrst//
     
    past participle enforced
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈfɔːst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfɔːrst//
     
    -ing form enforcing
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈfɔːsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfɔːrsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1enforce something (on/against somebody/something) to make sure that people obey a particular law or rule 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.
  2. 2enforce something (on somebody) to make something happen or force somebody to do something You can't enforce cooperation between the players.
  3. Word Familyforce noun verbforceful adjectiveforcefully adverbforced adjective (unforced)forcible adjectiveforcibly adverbenforce verb Word Origin Middle English (in the senses ‘strive’ and ‘impel by force’; formerly also as inforce): from Old French enforcir, enforcier, based on Latin in- ‘in’ + fortis ‘strong’.Extra examples The government may take steps to enforce compliance with the new measures. The rules were strictly enforced. a system of local inspectors to help enforce presidential decrees It’s the job of the police to enforce the law.
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