Definition of enforce
From Old French enforcier, from Late Latin infortiāre, from in- + fortis ("strong").
- (UK) IPA: /ɪnˈfɔːs/
- Rhymes: -enforce
to enforce (third-person singular simple present enforces, present participle enforcing, simple past and past participle enforced)
- (obsolete, transitive) To strengthen (a castle, town etc.) with extra troops, fortifications etc.
- (obsolete, transitive) To intensify, make stronger, add force to.
- (obsolete, reflexive) To exert oneself, to try hard.
* 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book VII:
I pray you enforce youreselff at that justis that ye may be beste, for my love.
- To keep up, impose or bring into effect something, not necessarily by force.
The police are there to enforce the law.
- To give strength or force to; to affirm
The victim was able to enforce his evidence against the alleged perpetrator.
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