enforce - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participleenforcing
past tenseenforced
past participleenforced
  1. to make sure that a law or rule is obeyed by people

    The main role of the police is to uphold and enforce the law.

    Troops were sent into the area to enforce the treaty.

    1. a.
      to make sure that something happens or is done

      The only weapon the court has to enforce cooperation is the threat of sanctions.