1 insist upon or on, stress, require, impose, support, put into effect, apply, administer, carry out, inflict, bring to bear, implement, prosecute, discharge; reinforce; Colloq crack or clamp down:
The police will enforce the curfew tonight.
2 force, compel, pressure or Brit pressurize, press, coerce, lay stress upon or on, impose upon or on, impress upon or on, insist upon or on, demand, require; intimidate, browbeat, bully, railroad; Colloq lean on, twist (someone's) arm:
They hired thugs to enforce their claim.
fully, properly, rigidly, rigorously, strictly, vigorously
The rules were strictly enforced.
VERB + ENFORCE
can/cannot, could/could not
The ban cannot be legally enforced.
| be difficult to, be hard to, be impossible to | help (to)
a system of local inspectors to help enforce presidential decrees
| seek to, take steps to
The government may take steps to enforce compliance with the new measures.
| decline to, refuse to
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