Enforcing
Enforce En*force", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Enforced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Enforcing}.] [OF. enforcier to strengthen, force, F. enforcir; pref. en- (L. in) + F. force. See {Force}.] 1. To put force upon; to force; to constrain; to compel; as, to enforce obedience to commands. [1913 Webster]

Inward joy enforced my heart to smile. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To make or gain by force; to obtain by force; as, to enforce a passage. ``Enforcing furious way.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. To put in motion or action by violence; to drive. [1913 Webster]

As swift as stones Enforced from the old Assyrian slings. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To give force to; to strengthen; to invigorate; to urge with energy; as, to enforce arguments or requests. [1913 Webster]

Enforcing sentiment of the thrust humanity. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

5. To put in force; to cause to take effect; to give effect to; to execute with vigor; as, to enforce the laws. [1913 Webster]

6. To urge; to ply hard; to lay much stress upon. [1913 Webster]

Enforce him with his envy to the people. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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