Force - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fɔːrs|  American pronunciation of the word force
Brit.  |fɔːs|  British pronunciation of the word force

noun

- a powerful effect or influence
- (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity
- physical energy or intensity(syn: forcefulness, strength)
- group of people willing to obey orders(syn: personnel)
- a unit that is part of some military service
- an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists)(syn: violence)
- one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority(syn: power)

▼ (3)

verb

- to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means(syn: coerce, hale, pressure, squeeze)
- urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate (syn: impel)
- move with force (syn: push)
- impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably(syn: thrust)
- squeeze like a wedge into a tight space (syn: squeeze, wedge)
- force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically (syn: drive, ram)
- do forcibly; exert force
- take by force (syn: storm)

Examples

The front of the car took the full force of the collision.

Instruments used to measure the force of the wind

The police were accused of using excessive force when they made the arrest.

We discourage the use of force.

He used brute force to open the door.

I was impressed by the force of her personality.

They forced us to work long hours without pay.

The flooding forced hundreds of residents to flee their homes.

After seeing the evidence, I was forced to admit my error.

I am forced to conclude that more funding will be necessary.

The pilot was forced to land when one of the plane's engines caught fire.

The scandal forced his resignation.

Lack of time may eventually force a compromise.

They are trying to force a vote on this issue.

The runner was forced out of bounds.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: force
he/she/it: forces
present participle: forcing
past tense: forced
past participle: forced
noun
singular: force
plural: forces
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