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verb [T] (USE PHYSICAL POWER)    /fɔːs/ US  /fɔːrs/
C2 to use physical strength or effort to make something move or open: Move your leg up gently when you're doing this exercise, but don't force it. If you force the zip, it'll break. She forced her way through the crowds.Pushing and shoving to break a lock, door, window, etc. in order to allow someone to get in: I forgot my key, so I had to force a window. [+ adj] The police had forced open the door because nobody had answered. The burglar forced an entry (= broke a window, door, etc. to get into the house).Pushing and shoving
(Definition of force verb (USE PHYSICAL POWER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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