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noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: active power, energy, or physical strength.
The force of the hurricane knocked down the trees.
energy, power, strength, vigor
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authority, brawn, effort, heat, might, muscle, potency, puissance, stress, vim, vitality
definition 2: the use of such power, energy, or strength.
The enemy took the castle by force.
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action, coercion, compulsion, duress, energy, enforcement, power, violence
definition 3: someone or something with the capacity to influence or cause change.
The force of logic eventually convinced the committee.A group of parents was the main force behind the change in the town's speed limit.She believed that, as a politician, she could be a force for good.
potency, power
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agency, agent, influence, instrumentality, mover, stimulus, strength
definition 4: in law, illegal violence, as against a person.
Accidental death was ruled out, as use of force on the victim was apparent.
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definition 5: a group of people joined by a common goal or activity.
the labor forcethe police force
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army, association, body, corps, gang, group, legion, pool, troop
definition 6: in physics, an influence on the shape, motion, or other characteristics of a body or system.
definition 7: (often pl.) military troops; army.
The enemy has overpowered our forces in the area.
armed forces, army, military, troops
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air force, Marines, Navy, power
definition 8: effective intensity, as of the mind.
effectiveness, potency, power, strength, vitality
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ability, action, caliber, efficacy, energy, enthusiasm
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: forces, forcing, forced
definition 1: to use strength or coercion in order to compel.
The interrogators forced him to tell the truth.[verb + smby/smth + infinitive ]
coerce, compel, constrain, make, pressure
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clamor, impel, impose, induce, oblige, press, push
definition 2: to cause to be a certain way by overcoming with power or strength.
The door was locked, so the firefighters had to force it open.[verb + smby/smth + noun/adj ]
definition 3: to cause to do something despite resistance or hesitation.
The accident forced her to rely on her family for help.[verb + smby/smth + infinitive ] Being turned down for promotion forced him to make a difficult decision.[verb + smby/smth + infinitive ]
compel, constrain, oblige
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bind, bore, drive, elbow, necessitate, press, pressure, propel, push
definition 4: to bring about (something) despite there being reluctance or unwillingness.
The scandal forced the congressman's resignation from office.Complaints from customers forced the removal of the product from the market.
definition 5: to obtain through force.
His captors forced a confession from him.
coerce, exact, extort
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draw, extract, pry, railroad, rout, wrench, wrest
definition 6: to tax or strain.
Don't force the situation.
strain, tax
similar words:
overburden, overload
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derivation: forced (adj.)
Word History
Force comes from fortis, a Latin word that means "strong." This Latin word is also the source of our words fort and fortify.
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