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force

verb [T] (GIVE NO CHOICE)    /fɔːs/ US  /fɔːrs/
B2 to make something happen or make someone do something difficult , unpleasant , or unusual , especially by threatening or not offering the possibility of choice : [+ to infinitive] I really have to force my self to be pleasant to him. [+ to infinitive] You can't force her to make a decision . Hospitals are being forced to close departments because of lack of money . You could tell he was having to force back the tears (= stop himself from crying ). I didn't actually want any more dessert , but Julia forced it on me (= made me accept it). I couldn't stay at their flat - I'd feel as if I was forcing my self on them (= making them allow me to stay ). You never tell me how you're feeling - I have to force it out of you (= make you tell me)!Causing somebody to actUrging and persuading specialized biology, food & drink If plants or vegetables are forced, they are made to grow faster by artificially controlling growing conditions such as the amount of heat and light : forced strawberries Gardening - general words force a laugh/smile to manage , with difficulty , to laugh or smile : I managed to force a smile as they were leaving .Laughing and smiling force an/the issue to take action to make certain that an urgent problem or matter is dealt with now: If the management wouldn't listen to their demands , they would have to force the issue by striking .Causing somebody to actUrging and persuading
(Definition of force verb (GIVE NO CHOICE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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