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enforce

verb [T]
 
 
/ɪnˈfɔːs/ US   /-ˈfɔːrs/
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.
to force somebody to do something, or to make sure that something happens: Ministers are preparing to enforce a minimum price for beer. Instead of making enforced redundancies, the company will offer employees other alternatives, such as early retirement.
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