enforce Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “enforce” in the English Dictionary

"enforce" in British English

See all translations

enforceverb [T]

uk   /ɪnˈfɔːs/  us   /-ˈfɔːrs/
C1 to make ​peopleobey a ​law, or to make a ​particularsituationhappen or be ​accepted: It isn't always ​easy for the ​police to enforce ​speedlimits. The new ​teacher had ​failed to enforce any ​sort of ​discipline.
More examples
enforceable
adjective uk   /-ˈfɔː.sə.bl̩/  us   /-fɔːr.sə.bl̩/
enforcement
noun [U] uk   us   /-mənt/
More examples
law enforcement
(Definition of enforce from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"enforce" in American English

See all translations

enforceverb [T]

 us   /ɪnˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs/
to ​cause a ​law or ​rule to be ​obeyed: We need to enforce the ​trafficlaws.
enforcement
noun [U]  us   /ɪnˈfɔrs·mənt, -ˈfoʊr-/
law enforcement
(Definition of enforce from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

" enforce" in Business English

See all translations

enforceverb [T]

uk   /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 ​lawsuitfiled 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 ​minimumprice for beer. Instead of making enforced ​redundancies, the ​company will ​offeremployees other alternatives, such as early ​retirement.
(Definition of enforce from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of enforce?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

harvest

to pick and collect crops, or to collect plants, animals, or fish to eat

Word of the Day

In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
by Liz Walter,
September 02, 2015
Several readers have asked for information on prepositions, so I will start with a blog post that looks at an area where they are really important: travel. The first thing to remember is that we use to (and not ‘in’) after the verb go: We are going to London. I went to

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More