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force

noun (INFLUENCE)    /fɔːs/ US  /fɔːrs/
C2 [C or U] (a person or thing with a lot of) influence and energy : He was a powerful force in British politics during the war years . A united Europe , he said, would be a great force in world affairs .literary Fishermen are always at the mercy of the forces of nature (= bad weather conditions ).People in charge of or controlling other peopleBosses, managers and directors a force to be reckoned with C2 If an organization or a person is described as a force to be reckoned with, it means that they are powerful and have a lot of influence : The United Nations is now a force to be reckoned with.Affecting and influencing force of habit If you do something from force of habit , you do it without thinking because you have done it so often before.Habitual behaviour
(Definition of force noun (INFLUENCE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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