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force

noun
 
 
/fɔːs/
POWER [U] B2 physical power or strength: The force of the explosion shattered every window in the street. The army has seized power by force.Energy, force and powerPower and intensity
ORGANIZED GROUP [C] B2 a group of people organized to work together for a particular purpose, for example in military service: the Royal Air Force a skilled work force Parts of armies and groups of servicemen
INFLUENCE [C, U] power and influence, or a person or thing that has it: the forces of good/evilPower to control
in/into force If a law, rule, etc is in force, it is being used, and if it comes into force, it starts to be used: The new law came into force in April.Existing and being
be out in force to be somewhere in large numbers: Photographers were out in force at the palace today.Forming groups (of people)
→  See also air force , the armed forces , market forces , police force , task force , a force to be reckoned with , join forces
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