enforce Definition

  • 1compel observance of or compliance with (a law, rule, or obligation)
  • 2impose (a course of action)

Using enforce: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "enforce" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The police were given extra powers to enforce the new traffic laws.

  • Example

    The company will enforce its no-smoking policy.

  • Example

    The teacher enforced strict discipline in the classroom.

enforce Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for enforce

Phrases with enforce

  • make sure that people obey the law


    It is the duty of the police to enforce the law.

  • make sure that the terms of a contract are followed


    The court can enforce the contract if one party fails to fulfill their obligations.

  • make sure that something is not allowed


    The government plans to enforce a ban on single-use plastics.

Origins of enforce

from Old French 'enforcier', from Late Latin 'infortiare', meaning 'to strengthen'


Summary: enforce in Brief

To 'enforce' [ɪnˈfɔːs] means to compel observance or compliance with a law, rule, or obligation, or to impose a course of action. It is often used in legal and disciplinary contexts, such as 'The police were given extra powers to enforce the new traffic laws.' 'Enforce' can also be used in phrases like 'enforce the law' and 'enforce a contract,' which mean to make sure that people follow the law or fulfill the terms of a contract.

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