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- inforce (obsolete)
- (obsolete, transitive) To strengthen (a castle, town etc.) with extra troops, fortifications etc. [14th-18thc.]
- (obsolete, transitive) To intensify, make stronger, add force to. [14th-18thc.]
- (obsolete, reflexive) To exert oneself, to try hard. [14th-17thc.]
- To give strength or force to; to affirm, to emphasize. [from 15thc.]
- The victim was able to enforce his evidence against the alleged perpetrator.
- (archaic) To compel, oblige (someone or something); to force. [from 16thc.]
1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, I.2.4.iv:
- Uladislaus the Second, King of Poland, and Peter Dunnius, Earl of Shrine […] had been hunting late, and were enforced to lodge in a poor cottage.
- 1899, E. OE. Somerville and Martin Ross, Some Experiences of an Irish R.M., Great Uncle McCarthy:
- In a few minutes I was stealthily groping my way down my own staircase, with a box of matches in my hand, enforced by scientific curiosity, but none the less armed with a stick.
- To keep up, impose or bring into effect something, not necessarily by force. [from 17thc.]
- The police are there to enforce the law.
- (obsolete) To make or gain by force; to force.
- to enforce a passage
- enforcing furious way
- (obsolete) To put in motion or action by violence; to drive.
- As swift as stones / Enforced from the old Assyrian slings.
- (obsolete) To give force to; to strengthen; to invigorate; to urge with energy.
- to enforce arguments or requests
- enforcing sentiment of the thrust humanity
- (obsolete) To urge; to ply hard; to lay much stress upon.
- Enforce him with his envy to the people.
- To prove; to evince.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Hooker to this entry?)
to keep up
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