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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 en·force /ɪnˈfors, ˈfɔrs, ɛn-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 En·force v. t. [imp. & p. p. Enforced p. pr. & vb. n. Enforcing ]
 1. To put force upon; to force; to constrain; to compel; as, to enforce obedience to commands.
    Inward joy enforced my heart to smile.   --Shak.
 2. To make or gain by force; to obtain by force; as, to enforce a passage. Enforcing furious way.”
 3. To put in motion or action by violence; to drive.
 As swift as stones
 Enforced from the old Assyrian slings.   --Shak.
 4. To give force to; to strengthen; to invigorate; to urge with energy; as, to enforce arguments or requests.
    Enforcing sentiment of the thrust humanity.   --Burke.
 5. To put in force; to cause to take effect; to give effect to; to execute with vigor; as, to enforce the laws.
 6. To urge; to ply hard; to lay much stress upon.
    Enforce him with his envy to the people.   --Shak.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 En·force v. i.
 1. To attempt by force. [Obs.]
 2. To prove; to evince. [R.]
 3. To strengthen; to grow strong. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 En·force, n. Force; strength; power. [Obs.]
    A petty enterprise of small enforce.   --Milton.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: ensure observance of laws and rules; "Apply the rules to
           everyone"; [syn: implement, apply] [ant: exempt]
      2: compel to behave in a certain way; "Social relations impose
         courtesy" [syn: impose]