enforce


enforce
enforce, implement are comparable when they mean to put something into effect or operation.
Enforce is used chiefly in reference to laws or statutes. The term suggests the exercise of executive rather than legislative power or the use of the authority and the means given the magistrates and police to maintain order and security in the community
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blue laws more often ignored than enforced

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enforce traffic laws and regulations strictly

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But enforce is also used in reference to agreements, contracts, rights, and ends which have legal sanction or a legal character and require the compulsory powers of the government or of the courts to ensure their fulfillment or their protection in case of violation
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Congress, as incident to its power to authorize and enforce contracts for public works— Justice Holmes

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there was no legal process by which a citizen could enforce his rights against the state— Buchan

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Implement usually suggests reference to bills or acts which have been passed, proposals or projects which have been accepted, or policies which have been adopted and implies the performance of such acts as are necessary to carry them into effect or ensure their being put into operation
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proposed that any further medical aid to the aged be implemented by increased Social Security taxation

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he also urged that military equipment be given to the nations of western Europe to implement the Brussels pact— Current Biog.

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Analogous words: execute, fulfill, discharge, *perform: compel, constrain, oblige, *force
Antonyms: relax (discipline, rules, demands)
Contrasted words: ignore, forget, disregard, *neglect

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  • enforce — en·force vt en·forced, en·forc·ing: to cause to take effect or to be fulfilled enforcing the divorce decree Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation U.S. Constitution amend. XIX Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of… …   Law dictionary

  • Enforce — En*force , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Enforced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Enforcing}.] [OF. enforcier to strengthen, force, F. enforcir; pref. en (L. in) + F. force. See {Force}.] 1. To put force upon; to force; to constrain; to compel; as, to enforce… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • enforce — [en fôrs′, infôrs′] vt. enforced, enforcing [ME enforcen < OFr enforcier < en , in + force, FORCE] 1. to give force to; urge [to enforce an argument by analogies] 2. to bring about or impose by force [to enforce one s will on a child] 3. to …   English World dictionary

  • Enforce — En*force , n. Force; strength; power. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A petty enterprise of small enforce. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • enforce — UK US /ɪnˈfɔːs/ US  / ˈfɔːrs/ verb [T] ► LAW to make sure that people obey something such as a law or rule: »Regulations do not mean anything unless they are enforced. »The bar had a lawsuit filed against it for not enforcing the smoking ban. ►… …   Financial and business terms

  • Enforce — En*force, v. i. 1. To attempt by force. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To prove; to evince. [R.] Hooker. [1913 Webster] 3. To strengthen; to grow strong. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • enforce — early 14c., to drive by physical force; mid 14c., make an effort; strengthen a place; compel, from O.Fr. enforcier or from EN (Cf. en ) (1) make, put in + FORCE (Cf. force). Related: Enforced; enforcing …   Etymology dictionary

  • enforce — is the correct spelling, not inforce (which however survives in reinforce). Its typical grammatical objects are such things as a law or rule, a ban, a policy, a person s wish, etc. The derived adjective is enforceable …   Modern English usage

  • enforce — [v] put a rule, plan in force accomplish, administer, administrate, apply, carry out, coerce, commandeer, compel, constrain, crack down, demand, dictate, discharge, dragoon, drive, effect, egg on*, emphasize, exact, execute, exert, expect, extort …   New thesaurus

  • enforce — ► VERB 1) compel compliance with (a law, rule, or obligation). 2) cause to happen by necessity or force. DERIVATIVES enforceable adjective enforced adjective enforcement noun enforcer noun …   English terms dictionary


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