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Enforce, 1) to force, constrain, oblige; to urge: “art --d to seek some fresher stamp,” Sonn. 82, 7. “inward joy --d my heart to smile,” Gentl. I, 2, 63. Ado V, 4, 8. LLL V, 2, 864. Merch. III, 2, 33. III, 4, 9. V, 216. Shr. III, 2, 109. R2 I, 4, 45. H4A V, 1, 65. H5 III, 6, 99. H6A I, 2, 38. H6B IV, 4, 17. H6C I, 1, 229. H6C I, 1, 229 Rom. V, 3, 47. “e. them to this place,” Tp. V, 100. “what Tranio did, myself --d him to,” Shr. V, 1, 132. “to e. a poor widow to so rough a course,” H4B II, 1, 89. IV, 3, 55. “that lack of means e. you not to evil,” V, 5, 71. R3 III, 5, 46. III, 7, 223. With an inf. without to: “my father would e. me marry Thurio,” Gentl. IV, 3, 16. “if wrongs be evils and e. us kill,” Tim. III, 5, 36. Absolutely: now I want spirits to e., art to enchant, Tp. Epil. Tim. III, 5, 36
2) to obtain by force, to cause or provoke irresistibly: “drops, --d by sympathy,” Lucr. 1229. “thou --st laughter,” LLL III, 76. “shall I e. thy love,” IV, 1, 82. “e. a thievish living on the common road,” As II, 3, 32. Shr. Ind. 1, 128. John I, 18. II, 448. R2 II, 1, 6. H5 III, 7, 31. Tim. V, 4, 45. Partic. --d == a) involuntary: “forgive me this --d wrong,” Merch. V, 240. “this --d cause,” John V, 2, 30. “an --d pilgrimage,” R2 I, 3, 264. “by an --d obedience of planetary influence,” Lr. I, 2, 135. b) constrained, counterfeited, not coming from the heart: “--d smiles,” R3 III, 5, 9. “an --d ceremony,” Caes. IV, 2, 21.
Followed by prepositions, a) from, == α) to obtain by force from: “as from this cold flint I --d this fire,” Lucr. 181. Ant. I, 3, 7. Cymb. IV, 3, 11. V, 5, 283. -- β) to drive with violence from: “and are --d from our most quiet there by the rough torrent of occasion,” H4B IV, 1, 71. “as swift as stones --d from the old Assyrian slings,” H5 IV, 7, 65 (cf. enforcement in H4B I, 1, 120). -- b) by on, == to press sth. upon: “I will no more e. my office on you,” All's II, 1, 129. -- c) by to, in the same sense: “I will e. it easily to my love,” John II, 515.
3) to open with violence: “the locks, each one by him --d, retires his ward,” Lucr. 303. Hence == to violate, to ravish: “lamenting some --d chastity,” Mids. III, 1, 205. “she was --d, stained and deflowered,” Tit. V, 3, 38. “thy mistress --d,” Cymb. IV, 1, 18. cf. “love is blind and --s,” H5 V, 2, 328. --d adjectively: “--d hate, instead of love's coy touch, shall rudely tear thee,” Lucr. 668 (i. e. the hateful proceeding of rape, of ravishment).
4) to urge, to ply hard: “if he evade us here, e. him with his envy to the people,” Cor. III, 3, 3. “the flint who, much --d, shows a hasty spark,” Caes. IV, 3, 112.
5) to urge, to demand with importunity: “when he's returned, against Aumerle we will e. his trial,” R2 IV, 90. “e. the present execution of what we chance to sentence,” Cor. III, 3, 21. “e. their charity,” Lr. II, 3, 20.
6) to urge, to set off, to lay much stress upon: abide here and e. them (his speeches) “against him,” Meas. V, 267. “e. his pride, and his old hate unto you,” Cor. II, 3, 227. “his glory not extenuated, nor his offences --d,” Caes. III, 2, 43. “e. no further the griefs between you,” Ant. II, 2, 99. Absolutely: “we will extenuate rather than e.” Ant. V, 2, 125.
7) to put in act with severity, to cause to take effect with strictness: “to e. or qualify the laws,” Meas. I, 1, 66. “--d the law against it,” IV, 4, 25. “the torture, O, e. it,” Oth. V, 2, 369. Joined with on: “the law, with all his might to e. it on,” Oth. I, 2, 16.
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