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English definition of “force”

force

verb [T]     /fɔːs/
to make a person or an organization do something that they do not want to do: force sb/sth to do sth The arrival of the new supermarket has forced local businesses to raise their wages to compete .force sb/sth into sth Heavy law school debt frequently forces graduates into high-paying jobs at private firms , where intense deadlines and grinding hours are routine .force sb/sth into doing sth Customers are being forced into banking by phone or over the internet .
to make something happen , especially something that people do not want to happen : The economic slowdown has forced a second week of temporary closure . The government threatened to force an agreement between banks and retailers for a new system .
force sb's hand to make someone do something they do not want to do or do something sooner than they had intended : The changing dynamics of the diamond business are beginning to force the company's hand .
(Definition of force verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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