enforcing

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Enforce \En*force"\, verb (used with an object) [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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