enforcement, n. 1. implementation, putting into effect, bringing to bear, Inf clamping down, U.S. Inf crackdown; prosecution, carrying out or through, execution, discharge, completion, fulfillment, realization. 2. control, domination, supervision, manipulation; force, compulsion, coercion, pressure, duress, constraint, obligation; necessitation, requirement, press, urging, prompting, prick, provocation, goad, spur, boot, shove, push; insistence, demand, exaction, extortion, threat; intimidation, armtwisting, bulldozing, browbeating, bullying; a hard time,
enfranchise, v. 1. naturalize, admit to citizenship; grant [s.o.] voting rights.
2. authorize, license, privilege, warrant; charter, empower, sanction, qualify.
3. emancipate, affranchise, liberate, manumit, disenthrall, free, set free; release, disimprison, unfetter, unshackle.
enfranchisement, n. 1. naturalization, admission to citizenship; the vote, the right to vote.
2. authorization, accordance; license, privilege, warranty, charter; sanction, grant, concession, carte blanche; permission, leave.
3. emancipation, affranchisement, liberation, manumission, disenthrallment, deliverance; release, disim-prisonment.
engage, v. 1. occupy, employ, busy, engross, absorb; entertain, divert, amuse; hold, secure, tie up.
2. employ, hire, enlist, enroll, take on, Inf take on board, bring aboard, put to work, put on the payroll; sign up, sign, retain, book, reserve; commission, appoint, delegate; contract for, indenture; choose, select, secure.
3. attract, draw, pull, magnetize; allure, entice, invite, tempt, lure, inveigle; interest, fascinate, charm, enamor, enchant; captivate, win, catch.
4. bind, require, prescribe, assign; astrict, oblige, obligate, commit; pledge, promise, covenant, agree; stipulate, contract, bargain; betroth, affiance, speak for, plight one's troth, espouse, give one's hand, Eccles. publish the banns.
5. join battle with, set to, encounter, enter into conflict with, give battle to, take the field; contend, struggle, wrestle, grapple, tussle, scuffle; battle, fight, combat, war, wage war, skirmish; clash, joust, duel, cross weapons.
6. occupy oneself, become involved, be occupied, take part; take up, undertake, embark on, set or go about; throw oneself into, launch into, tackle, plunge or dive into.
engaged, adj. 1. occupied, preoccupied, employed, busy, Inf. tied up, Inf. hung up; engrossed, absorbed, caught up in, wrapped up in, lost in, immersed in; entertained, diverted, amused.
2. pledged, promised, committed, bound; contracted, covenanted, stipulated; betrothed, affianced, spoken for, plighted, espoused.
3. battling, fighting, combatting, warring; contending, struggling, wrestling.
engagement, n. 1. promise, word, word of honor, parole, pledge, vow, oath; guarantee, warranty, compact, contract, covenant, treaty; obligation, commitment; deal, pact, bargain; agreement, arrangement, acknowledgment, stipulation.
2. betrothal, betrothment, Archaic, troth, plighting, espousal, sponsalia, subarrhation, Archaic, affiance.
3. employment, business; post, station, rounds; period, stint.
4. appointment, meeting, interview, arrangement; tryst, rendezvous, assignation, date.
5. fight, battle, duel, bout; collision, meeting, encounter, rencounter; contention, clash, conflict, struggle, strife; war, warfare, fighting, hostilities; assault,