Meaning of “force” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ T ] us uk /fɔːs/

B2 to make someone do something that they do not want to do:

[ + to do sth ] The hijacker forced the pilot to fly to New York.
[ often passive ] She was forced out of the race by a knee injury.

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B2 to make an object move or open by physical strength or effort:

They had to force the lock.
She forced the window open.

(Definition of “force verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)