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force

noun  us   /fɔrs, foʊrs/

force noun (PHYSICAL POWER)

[C/U] physical, often violent, strength or power: [U] The force of the wind knocked down many trees during the hurricane. [U] She had to use force to get the old window open. physics [C/U] A force is a power that causes an object to move or that changes movement.

force noun (INFLUENCE)

[C/U] strong influence and energy, or a person with strong influence and energy: [U] The sheer force of her words kept the audience glued to their seats. [C] He was a powerful force in national politics for 30 years.

force noun (POWER TO CONTROL)

[C/U] power to make someone do something, or to make something happen, esp. without offering the possibility of choice: social forces at school

force noun (MILITARY)

[C] an organized and trained military group: the armed forces the Air Force UN forces continue to provide relief in the war-torn region. [C] Force is also military strength.

force noun (GROUP)

[C] a group of people who do the same job: a sales force the police force [C] If a person or group joins or combines forces with another person or group, they agree to work together.

force

verb [T]  us   /fɔrs, foʊrs/

force verb [T] (USE PHYSICAL POWER)

to use physical strength or effort to make something move or open: If the piece won’t fit in the hole, don’t force it. He forced his way through the crowd to reach the exit. To force a lock, door, window, etc., is to break it in order to get in: I forgot my house key, so I had to force a window.

force verb [T] (MAKE DO UNWILLINGLY)

to make someone do something, or make something happen, esp. by threatening or not offering the possibility of choice: I hate string beans, so I had to force myself to eat them. [+ to infinitive] Anderson was forced to leave the game with a bruised knee. I didn’t actually want any more dessert, but Julia forced it on me. If callers have information about the crime and would like to give their names that is fine, but we’re not going to force the issue (= make them give their names).
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