enforce




To enforce means to make sure the laws and rules are being followed. So those guys wearing striped outfits and whistles? They’re in charge of enforcing the rules of the game.

See the word force inside of enforce? It can help you remember that enforce is all about forcing others to follow the rules. The traffic police enforce the driving laws by handing out speeding tickets. Your parents hopefully enforce good behavior by grounding you when you stay out too late. It would be wonderful if everyone just followed the rules on their own, but it seems the temptation to be bad is just too strong. So thank goodness for all the enforcers that keep us in line.

Definitions of enforce
  1. verb

    compel to behave in a certain way

    synonyms:
    impose
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    type of:

    compel, obligate, oblige

    force somebody to do something

  2. verb

    ensure observance of laws and rules

    synonyms:
    apply, implement
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    Antonyms:

    exempt, free, relieve

    grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to
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    execute, run

    carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine
    execute

    carry out the legalities of
    step

    cause (a computer) to execute a single command
    give

    execute and deliver
    type of:

    compel, obligate, oblige

    force somebody to do something

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