forced Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “forced” in the English Dictionary

"forced" in British English

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forcedadjective

uk   /fɔːst/  us   /fɔːrst/
done against ​yourwishes: forced ​repatriation An ​action that is forced is done because it is ​suddenly made ​necessary by a new and usually ​unexpectedsituation: The ​plane had to make a forced landing because one of the ​enginesfailed. used to ​describelaughter, a ​smile, or an ​emotion that is ​produced with ​effort and is not ​sincerelyfelt: She ​tried hard to ​smile but ​suspected that it ​looked forced.
(Definition of forced from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"forced" in American English

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forcedadjective [not gradable]

 us   /fɔrst, foʊrst/

forced adjective [not gradable] (INVOLVING PHYSICAL POWER)

involvingphysical, often ​violent, ​strength or ​power: There were no ​obvioussigns of forced ​entry into the ​house.

forced adjective [not gradable] (DONE UNWILLINGLY)

done against ​yourwishes, or because it is ​suddenly made ​necessary by an ​unexpectedsituation: The ​plane made a forced ​landing in Denver. Forced ​laughter or a forced ​smile is ​produced with ​effort and not ​sincerelyfelt.
(Definition of forced from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"forced" in Business English

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forcedadjective

uk   us   /fɔːst/
done against someone's wishes: The forced ​closure of the ​plant has shocked the ​localbusinesscommunity. The ​company will use any ​proceeds from a forced ​sale to ​pay off ​debt.a forced departure/exit/resignation Some ​companieslostbillions of ​dollars, ​leading to forced ​resignations of their ​chiefexecutives.
(Definition of forced from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “forced”
in Chinese (Simplified) 被迫的, 不得已的, (笑或情感)勉强的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 被迫的, 不得已的, (笑或情感)勉強的…
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