force noun (PHYSICAL)
the force of gravity 重力
force noun (INFLUENCE)
a force to be reckoned with
force of habit
- Ambition can sometimes be a force for good.
- Since the government limited their powers, the unions are no longer a force to be reckoned with.
- In Britain and the USA in the 1970s, the underground was a powerful subversive force.
- The club used to be a significant force in European football.
- It seems as though forces of destruction are increasingly at work throughout society.
force noun (GROUP)
the security forces 安保部隊
the work force 勞動大軍
- In their efforts to reduce crime the government expanded the police force.
- Security forces halted the demonstrators by blocking the road.
- The reduction in armed forces will be phased over the next ten years.
- Government troops swept aside the rebel forces.
- 60 percent of the work force voted for strike action.
force noun (IN OPERATION)
- Many of these problems may simply fade into irrelevance when the new rules come into force.
- The new law comes into force at the end of the month.
- Speed restrictions are in force along this stretch of the railway line.
- The ban on handguns came into force last year.
- A curfew has been in force since the riots in August.
forceverb [ T ]uk /fɔːs/ us /fɔːrs/
force verb [ T ] (GIVE NO CHOICE)
I didn't actually want any more dessert, but Julia forced it on me (= made me accept it). 我其實不想再要甜點了，但是朱莉亞硬要我吃。
I couldn't stay at their flat - I'd feel as if I was forcing myself on them (= making them allow me to stay). 我沒法呆在他們的公寓——我會覺得好像是自己在勉強他們留我一樣。
forced strawberries 催熟的草莓
force a laugh/smile
force an/the issue
- The new tax would force companies to adopt energy-saving measures.
- Hospitals are being forced to close departments because of lack of money.
- The recession is forcing the company to rationalize.
- Doctors are being forced to work impossibly long hours.
- It's only a matter of time before he's forced to resign.
force verb [ T ] (USE PHYSICAL POWER)
She forced her way through the crowd. 她在人群中擠出一條路。
- The crowd managed to force its way in by sheer weight of numbers.
- The thieves forced one of the shop windows open with a crowbar.
- Helmeted, baton-wielding police forced back the crowd.
- Pieces of stone can be split off by forcing wedges between the layers.
- The water pressure forces the piston into the chamber.