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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.

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enforceable
adjective uk   /-ˈfɔː.sə.bl̩/  us   /-fɔːr.sə.bl̩/
enforcement
noun [U] uk   us   /-mənt/

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law enforcement
(Definition of enforce from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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)

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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)
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