[ US /ɛnˈfɔɹs/ ]
[ UK /ɛnfˈɔːs/ ]
  1. compel to behave in a certain way
    Social relations impose courtesy
    duty constrains one to act often contrary to one's desires or inclinations
  2. ensure observance of laws and rules
    Apply the rules to everyone
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How To Use enforce In A Sentence

  • The overseer, a great strong man, cracking his "blacksnake" from time to time, to enforce authority, excited our strong indignation. 'Three Score Years and Ten' Life-Long Memories of Fort Snelling, Minnesota, and Other Parts of the West
  • Still, for the medium term, either the government needs to scutinize refinery activity much more closely, adopt new regulatory authority and aggressively enforce antitrust laws, or it must intervene to deconcentrate the market. Robert Weissman: What To Do About the Price of Oil
  • Enforcers in full-face helmets were everywhere, striding through the crowd with arrogance born of unchallenged supremacy.
  • Smith enforced a highly unpopular no-guns policy in the cowtown, and for the most part, made the law stick by beating the hell out of people with his bare hands. The Four Toughest Men of the Old West
  • Although I have finally been given a small piece of work to do (nothing crucial, generous deadline), I'm finding it hard to apply myself after such a long period of enforced inactivity.
  • The work of regulatory agencies was also undermined by budget cuts and a concerted unwillingness to enforce existing regulations.
  • Both neo-colonial and advanced capitalist/colonial states organize and reinforce a cathectic structure based in sexual difference, which they enforce through a variety of means, including legislation.
  • This shocking series meets the law enforcement officers who are on the front line. The Sun
  • Not that I'm denigrating the effort - I'm good for a few quid once I've got a few beers in me later tonight - but the enforced jollity does occasionally grate.
  • Pakistan is one of the few countries where the custom is legally enforceable. Times, Sunday Times
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