- a person or thing that enforces.
- the member of a group, especially of a gang, charged with keeping dissident members obedient.
- a person, especially a public official, who enforces laws, regulations, rules, or the like.
- Also called policeman. Ice Hockey. a physically intimidating or willingly belligerent player who is counted on to retaliate when rough tactics are used by the opposing team.
verb (used with object), en·forced, en·forc·ing.
- to put or keep in force; compel obedience to: to enforce a rule; Traffic laws will be strictly enforced.
- to obtain (payment, obedience, etc.) by force or compulsion.
- to impose (a course of action) upon a person: The doctor enforced a strict dietary regimen.
- to support (a demand, claim, etc.) by force: to enforce one’s rights as a citizen.
- to impress or urge (an argument, contention, etc.) forcibly; lay stress upon: He enforced his argument by adding details.
- to ensure observance of or obedience to (a law, decision, etc)
- to impose (obedience, loyalty, etc) by or as by force
- to emphasize or reinforce (an argument, demand, etc)
1570s, agent noun from enforce. Meaning “intimidator” is from 1934, U.S. underworld slang.