• To keep up, impose or bring into effect something, not necessarily by force.
  • To give strength or force to; to affirm, to emphasize.
  • To strengthen (a castle, town etc.) with extra troops, fortifications etc.
  • To intensify, make stronger, add force to.
  • To exert oneself, to try hard.
  • To compel, oblige (someone or something); to force.
  • To make or gain by force; to force.
  • To put in motion or action by violence; to drive.
  • To give force to; to strengthen; to invigorate; to urge with energy.
  • To urge; to ply hard; to lay much stress upon.
  • To prove; to evince.


  • From Old French enforcier, from Late Latin infortiāre, from in- + fortis.

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