Meaning of “you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink” in the English Dictionary

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"you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink" in British English

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you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink

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used to emphasize that you can make it easy for someone to do something, but you cannot force them to do it

(Definition of “you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)