en·force vt en·forced, en·forc·ing: to cause to take effect or to be fulfilled
enforcing the divorce decree
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislationU.S. Constitution amend. XIX

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb administer, bring to pass, carry into effect, carry into execution, carry out, carry through, coerce, compel, compel obedience, confirmare, dictate, drive, effect, effectuate, employ force, exact, execute, exsequi, force, have executed, impel, implement, impose, insist on, insist upon, make compulsory, make effective, necessitate, obtain by compulsion, obtain by force, press, put in action, put in force, put in operation, put into effect, put into execution, put pressure on, require, strengthen, subject to pressure associated concepts: enforce a contract, enforce a judgment, enforce a lien, enforce provisions of the law, enforce sanctions, enforcement proceedings II index administer (conduct), compel, constrain (compel), discharge (perform), effectuate, exact, force (coerce), implement, inflict, insist, make, operate, perform (adhere to), press (constrain), require (compel)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To take action to ensure that a law is upheld.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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  • Enforce — En*force , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Enforced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Enforcing}.] [OF. enforcier to strengthen, force, F. enforcir; pref. en (L. in) + F. force. See {Force}.] 1. To put force upon; to force; to constrain; to compel; as, to enforce… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • enforce — enforce, implement are comparable when they mean to put something into effect or operation. Enforce is used chiefly in reference to laws or statutes. The term suggests the exercise of executive rather than legislative power or the use of the… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • enforce — [en fôrs′, infôrs′] vt. enforced, enforcing [ME enforcen < OFr enforcier < en , in + force, FORCE] 1. to give force to; urge [to enforce an argument by analogies] 2. to bring about or impose by force [to enforce one s will on a child] 3. to …   English World dictionary

  • Enforce — En*force , n. Force; strength; power. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A petty enterprise of small enforce. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • enforce — UK US /ɪnˈfɔːs/ US  / ˈfɔːrs/ verb [T] ► LAW to make sure that people obey something such as a law or rule: »Regulations do not mean anything unless they are enforced. »The bar had a lawsuit filed against it for not enforcing the smoking ban. ►… …   Financial and business terms

  • Enforce — En*force, v. i. 1. To attempt by force. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To prove; to evince. [R.] Hooker. [1913 Webster] 3. To strengthen; to grow strong. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • enforce — early 14c., to drive by physical force; mid 14c., make an effort; strengthen a place; compel, from O.Fr. enforcier or from EN (Cf. en ) (1) make, put in + FORCE (Cf. force). Related: Enforced; enforcing …   Etymology dictionary

  • enforce — is the correct spelling, not inforce (which however survives in reinforce). Its typical grammatical objects are such things as a law or rule, a ban, a policy, a person s wish, etc. The derived adjective is enforceable …   Modern English usage

  • enforce — [v] put a rule, plan in force accomplish, administer, administrate, apply, carry out, coerce, commandeer, compel, constrain, crack down, demand, dictate, discharge, dragoon, drive, effect, egg on*, emphasize, exact, execute, exert, expect, extort …   New thesaurus

  • enforce — ► VERB 1) compel compliance with (a law, rule, or obligation). 2) cause to happen by necessity or force. DERIVATIVES enforceable adjective enforced adjective enforcement noun enforcer noun …   English terms dictionary

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