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  1. force
  2. noun


    • 1. make a way through or into by physical strength; break open by force:

      they broke into Fred's house and forced every cupboard door with axe or crowbar
      Synonym : break open, force open, burst open, prise open, kick in, knock down, blast, crack
    • 2. drive or push into a specified position or state using physical strength or against resistance:

      she forced her feet into flat leather sandals Fields was forced out as director
    • 3. achieve or bring about (something) by coercion or effort:

      Sabine forced a smile she forced her way up the ladder
    • 4. push or strain (something) to the utmost:

      she knew if she forced it she would rip it
    • 5. artificially hasten the development or maturity of (a plant).

    • 6. make (someone) do something against their will:

      she was forced into early retirement the universities were forced to cut staff
      Synonym : compel, coerce, make, constrain, oblige, impel, drive, necessitate, pressurize, pressure, press, push, exert force on, use force on, urge by force, use duress on, bring pressure to bear on, press-gang, browbeat, steamroller, bully, dragoon, bludgeon, terrorize, menace, put the squeeze on, put the bite on, put the screws on, tighten the screws on, lean on, twist someone's arm, use strong-arm tactics on, strong-arm, railroad, bulldoze
    • 7. rape (a woman).

    • 8. put out (a runner), or cause (a runner) to be put out, at the base to which they are advancing when they are forced to run on a batted ball:

      I was forced at second base as the first half of a double play
    • 9. (in cards) make a play or bid that compels another player to make (a particular response); make a play or bid that compels (another player) to make such a response:

      East could force declarer to ruff another spade
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: force, plural noun: forces

    • v.: verb: force, 3rd person present: forces, gerund or present participle: forcing, past tense: forced, past participle: forced

    • abbreviation

      Department of Energy.
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