• WordNet 3.6
    • v enforce ensure observance of laws and rules; "Apply the rules to everyone"
    • v enforce compel to behave in a certain way "Social relations impose courtesy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the US, Delaware, Virginia and Michigan rank as the top three states for Ritalin use, and most of the prescriptions are for elementary and middle school age children. Doctors in these states prescribe at least 33 grams for every 1,000 residents, 56 percent more than the national average, according to figures compiled by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency.
    • n Enforce Force; strength; power. "A petty enterprise of small enforce ."
    • Enforce To attempt by force.
    • Enforce To give force to; to strengthen; to invigorate; to urge with energy; as, to enforce arguments or requests. "Enforcing sentiment of the thrust humanity."
    • Enforce To make or gain by force; to obtain by force; as, to enforce a passage. "Enforcing furious way."
    • Enforce To prove; to evince.
    • Enforce To put force upon; to force; to constrain; to compel; as, to enforce obedience to commands. "Inward joy enforced my heart to smile."
    • Enforce To put in force; to cause to take effect; to give effect to; to execute with vigor; as, to enforce the laws.
    • Enforce To put in motion or action by violence; to drive. "As swift as stones Enforced from the old Assyrian slings."
    • Enforce To strengthen; to grow strong.
    • Enforce To urge; to ply hard; to lay much stress upon. "Enforce him with his envy to the people."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The photo most often requested from the U.S. National Archives is that of the meeting between Elvis Presley and President Nixon in 1970. Presley had requested that Nixon make him an honorary drug enforcement agent and Nixon accommodated him.
    • enforce To increase the force or strength of; make strong; strengthen; fortify.
    • enforce To urge or impress with force or energy; make forcible, clear, or intelligible: as, to enforce remarks or arguments.
    • enforce To gain or extort by force or compulsion; compel: as, to enforce obedience.
    • enforce To put or keep in force; compel obedience to; cause to be executed or performed: as, to enforce laws or rules.
    • enforce To discharge with force; hurl; throw.
    • enforce To impel; constrain; force.
    • enforce To press or urge, as with a charge.
    • enforce To prove; evince.
    • enforce To force; violate; ravish.
    • enforce Reflexively, to strain one's self; put forth one's greatest exertion.
    • enforce Synonyms Extort, etc. See exact, v. t.
    • enforce To grow strong; become fierce or active; increase.
    • enforce To strive; exert one's self.
    • enforce To make headway.
    • n enforce Force; strength; power.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: About 10 percent of the workforce in Egypt is under 12 years of age. Although laws protecting children are on the books, they are not well enforced, partly because many poverty-stricken parents feel forced to send their children out to help support the family.
    • v.t Enforce en-fōrs′ to gain by force: to give force to: to put in force: to give effect to: to urge:
    • v.t Enforce en-fōrs′ (Spens.) to attempt
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  • Louis F. Musil
    Louis F. Musil
    “The functions of an executive are to create and enforce policies rather than working out problems resulting from such policies.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “Faith must be enforced by reason. When faith becomes blind it dies.”
  • Aneurin Bevan
    “It is an axiom, enforced by all the experience of the ages, that they who rule industrially will rule politically.”
  • John Stuart Mill
    “All that makes existence valuable to any one depends on the enforcement of restraints upon the actions of other people.”
  • Earl Wilson
    Earl Wilson
    “Somebody figured it out -- we have 35 million laws trying to enforce Ten Commandments.”
  • Sophocles
    “What you cannot enforce, do not command.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. enforcier, to strengthen, force, F. enforcir,; pref. en-,L. in,) + F. force,. See Force
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. enforceren (=L. in), and force.


In literature:

By his orders, enforced by the vigorous use of seamen's colts, the inn servants at once cleared the room of the vainly protesting revellers.
"Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
After all, where no arbitration could be enforced, men still had a right to defend self and property.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
This rule Maung Yaing made generally known, and he announced his intention of enforcing it with rigour.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
Enforcement of the Sunday ordinances ...
"Rope" by Holworthy Hall
There is to be no landlords, no policemen, no means of enforcing the law.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
By obtaining the removal of the emblems from the ballot, they enforced a measure of educational qualification.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
The State should severely enforce the duty of the procreators of children to nourish their offspring.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
They might enforce on them a total abolition of inheritance and bequest.
"Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics" by William Thomas Thornton
It would seem that religion enforces the same penalties on men that in most countries fall upon women.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Enforcing the Stamp Act depended upon having a law to enforce, a commissioner to administer it, and stamps to attach to the documents.
"The Road to Independence: Virginia 1763-1783" by Virginia State Dept. of Education

In poetry:

The law was righteously enforc'd,
Riel did fairly die,
And why should we give way to those,
Who raise the rebel's cry?
"Ye Patriot Sons Of Canada" by Thomas Frederick Young
Come back! Not ours the Old World's good,
The Old World's ill, thank God, not ours;
But here, far better understood,
The days enforce our native mood,
And challenge all our manlier powers.
"An Invitation" by James Russell Lowell
The game enforces smirks; but we have seen
The moon in lonely alleys make
A grail of laughter of an empty ash can,
And through all sound of gaiety and quest
Have heard a kitten in the wilderness.
"Chaplinesque" by Harold Hart Crane
I take their hands with placid smile
And words which social rules enforce,
Though sadly conscious all the while
Of something very like remorse,
Because beneath the mask I wear
I really wish they were not there.
"My Bores" by John Lawson Stoddard
And from my very tender yeeres haue knowne,
This holy habite still to take upon her,
Still to remaine the same, and still her owne:
And what our fortunes doe enforce us to,
She of Deuotion and meere Zeale doth do.
"To The Queenes Most Excellent Majestie" by Aemilia Lanyer
From Punt returned, from Phormio's Fleet, from Javan and Gadire,
He strongly occupies the seat about the tavern fire,
And, moist with much Falernian or smoked Massilian juice,
Revenges there the Brass-bound Man his long-enforced truce!
"Poseidon's Law" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Businessman seeks enforcement of federal law on bidding for military projects.
Drug Enforcement Administration registration fees will increase nearly 33% on April 16.
The Drug Enforcement Administration took the action.
Local law enforcement agencies step up patrols for holiday weekend.
The Justice Department's decision to sue South Carolina over an Arizona-style immigration law that would force local police to enforce immigration laws earned harsh words from Rep Ted Poe today.
Obama gains power and pressure for enforcement.
Cell Phone Companies Cough Up Data To Law Enforcement Hundreds and Thousands of Times Per Day.
The Pierce County Council moved forward its budget Tuesday, restoring four law enforcement deputy positions while putting potential 1 percent cost-of living raises for next year in limbo.
MUSKOGEE — A judge's decision to require a teenager to attend church as part a deferred sentence for manslaughter may not be enforceable, a prosecutor said.
Teen's court-ordered church attendance may not be enforceable.
'Active shooter' drill at Cowtown tests skills of Salem County law enforcement.
Enlarge Britney Lillya/South Jersey Times Law enforcement held an active shooter drill at Cowtown on Thursday, October 18, 2012.
CLAREMORE — Claremore Police Department received a boost from the City Council Monday night as two separate law enforcement agreements were approved.
Law enforcement officials dubbed the crimes the work of the 'Hilltop Creeper ', a man known to sneak into women's homes and stand over them while they sleep.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detain suspect in Flushing,… (Hagen for News ).

In science:

Ji , Jj , Jk , and Jl = ± 1 2 are the z−components of spin for each of the four fermions, and total spin conservation has been enforced.
Spin Structure of Many-Body Systems with Two-Body Random Interactions
In each case, the different possible contributions have to be taken into account, and also the rule that a root with a single neighbor can be touched by leaf removal has to be enforced.
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
Some popular methods for solving CSPs involve local consistency enforcement.
Component Programming and Interoperability in Constraint Solver Design
It reduces these domains by enforcing some consistency and returns them through the channel.
Component Programming and Interoperability in Constraint Solver Design
This parameterization enforces the proper normalization of the particle tra jectory for observers confined to Σy hypersurfaces.
Null Geodesics in Five Dimensional Manifolds