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.

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."

Spenser.

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.

 

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En*force (?), v. i.

1.

To attempt by force.

[Obs.]

2.

To prove; to evince.

[R.]

Hooker.

3.

To strengthen; to grow strong.

[Obs.]

Chaucer.

 

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En*force", n.

Force; strength; power.

[Obs.]

A petty enterprise of small enforce. Milton.

 

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