Definition of Force in English :

Define Force in English

Force meaning in English

Meaning of Force in English

Pronunciation of Force in English

Force pronunciation in English

Pronounce Force in English


see synonyms of force


1. force

a powerful effect or influence

Example Sentences:
'the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them'

2. force

(physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity

Example Sentences:
'force equals mass times acceleration'

3. force, forcefulness, strength

physical energy or intensity

Example Sentences:
'he hit with all the force he could muster'
'it was destroyed by the strength of the gale'
'a government has not the vitality and forcefulness of a living man'

4. force, personnel

group of people willing to obey orders

Example Sentences:
'a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens'

5. force, military force, military group, military unit

a unit that is part of some military service

Example Sentences:
'he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men'

6. force, violence

an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists)

Example Sentences:
'he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one'

7. force, power

one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority

Example Sentences:
'the mysterious presence of an evil power'
'may the force be with you'
'the forces of evil'

8. force

a group of people having the power of effective action

Example Sentences:
'he joined forces with a band of adventurers'

9. effect, force

(of a law) having legal validity

Example Sentences:
'the law is still in effect'

10. force, force out, force play, force-out

a putout of a base runner who is required to run; the putout is accomplished by holding the ball while touching the base to which the runner must advance before the runner reaches that base

Example Sentences:
'the shortstop got the runner at second on a force'


11. coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze

to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :

Example Sentences:
'She forced him to take a job in the city'
'He squeezed her for information'

12. force, impel

urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate

13. force, push

move with force,

Example Sentences:
'He pushed the table into a corner'

14. force, thrust

impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably

Example Sentences:
'She forced her diet fads on him'

15. force, squeeze, wedge

squeeze like a wedge into a tight space

Example Sentences:
'I squeezed myself into the corner'

16. drive, force, ram

force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically

Example Sentences:
'She rammed her mind into focus'
'He drives me mad'

18. force

do forcibly; exert force

Example Sentences:
'Don't force it!'

19. force, storm

take by force

Example Sentences:
'Storm the fort'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of force
strength or energy; might; power
the force of the blow
a gale of great force
exertion or the use of exertion against a person or thing that resists; coercion
3. physics
a dynamic influence that changes a body from a state of rest to one of motion or changes its rate of motion. The magnitude of the force is equal to the product of the mass of the body and its acceleration
a static influence that produces an elastic strain in a body or system or bears weight
. Symbol: F
4. physics
any operating influence that produces or tends to produce a change in a physical quantity
electromotive force
coercive force
intellectual, social, political, or moral influence or strength
the force of his argument
the forces of evil
a person or thing with such influence
he was a force in the land
vehemence or intensity
he spoke with great force
a group of persons organized for military or police functions
armed forces
8.  the force
a group of persons organized for particular duties or tasks
a workforce
10. criminal law
violence unlawfully committed or threatened
11. philosophy, logic
that which an expression is normally used to achieve
speech act, illocution, perlocution
12.  in force
13.  join forces
verb (transitive)
to compel or cause (a person, group, etc) to do something through effort, superior strength, etc; coerce
to acquire, secure, or produce through effort, superior strength, etc
to force a confession
to propel or drive despite resistance
to force a nail into wood
to break down or open (a lock, safe, door, etc)
to impose or inflict
he forced his views on them
to cause (plants or farm animals) to grow or fatten artificially at an increased rate
to strain or exert to the utmost
to force the voice
to rape; ravish
22. cards
to compel (a player) to trump in order to take a trick
to compel a player by the lead of a particular suit to play (a certain card)
(in bridge) to induce (a bid) from one's partner by bidding in a certain way
23.  force a smile
24.  force down
25.  force the pace
(in northern England) a waterfall

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see synonyms of force
strength; energy; vigor; power
the intensity of power; impetus
the force of a blow
physical power or strength exerted against a person or thing
to use force in opening a door
the use of physical power to overcome or restrain a person; physical coercion; violence
to resort to force in dispersing a mob
the power of a person to act effectively and vigorously; moral or intellectual strength
force of character
the power to control, persuade, influence, etc.; effectiveness
the force of circumstances, an argument lacking force
a person, thing, or group having a certain influence, power, etc.
a force for good
the real or precise meaning; basic point
to miss the force of something said
military, naval, or air power
the collective armed strength, as of a nation
any organized group of soldiers, sailors, etc.
any group of people organized for some activity
a sales force, a police force
9.  Law
binding power; validity
10.  Physics
the cause, or agent, that puts an object at rest into motion or alters the motion of a moving object
abbrev. F
verb transitiveWord forms: forced or ˈforcing
to cause to do something by or as if by force; compel
to rape (a woman)
to break open, into, or through by force
to force a lock
to make (a way, etc.) by force
to overpower or capture by breaking into, through, etc.
to force the enemy's stronghold
to get or take by force; wrest; extort
forcing the gun from his hand
to drive by or as by force; cause to move against resistance; impel
to force an article into a filled box
to impose by or as by force
with on or upon
to force one's attentions on another
to effect or produce by or as by force; produce by unusual or unnatural effort
to force a smile
to exert beyond the natural limits or capacity; strain
to force one's voice
to cause (plants, fruit, etc.) to develop or grow faster by artificial means
20.  Obsolete
to give or add force to
to put in force
21.  US, Baseball
to cause (a base runner) to be put out by a force-out
said of a batter
to cause (a runner) to score or (a run) to be scored by walking the batter with the bases full
often with in
a.  Cards
to cause (an opponent) to play (a particular card)
b.  Bridge
to make a bid that requires (one's partner) to bid in response

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of force
1. The capacity to do work or cause physical change; energy, strength, or active power: the force of an explosion.
a. Power made operative against resistance; exertion: use force in driving a nail.
b. The use of physical power or violence to compel or restrain: a confession obtained by force.
a. Intellectual power or vigor, especially as conveyed in writing or speech.
b. Moral strength.
c. A capacity for affecting the mind or behavior; efficacy: the force of logical argumentation.
d. One that possesses such capacity: the forces of evil.
a. A body of persons or other resources organized or available for a certain purpose: a large labor force.
b. A person or group capable of influential action: a retired senator who is still a force in national politics.
a. Military strength.
b. A unit of a nation's military personnel, especially one deployed into combat: Our armed forces have at last engaged the enemy.
6. Physics
a. A vector quantity that tends to produce an acceleration of a body in the direction of its application. Newton's second law of motion states that a free body accelerates in the direction of the applied force and that its acceleration is directly proportional to the force and inversely proportional to its mass.
7. Baseball A force play.
tr.v. forced, forc·ing, forc·es
1. To compel through pressure or necessity: I forced myself to practice daily. He was forced to take a second job.
a. To gain by the use of force or coercion: force a confession.
b. To move or effect against resistance or inertia: forced my foot into the shoe.
c. To inflict or impose relentlessly: He forced his ideas upon the group.
a. To put undue strain on: She forced her voice despite being hoarse.
b. To increase or accelerate (a pace, for example) to the maximum.
c. To produce with effort and against one's will: force a laugh in spite of pain.
d. To use (language) with obvious lack of ease and naturalness.
a. To move, open, or clear by force: forced our way through the crowd.
b. To break down or open by force: force a lock.
5. To rape.
6. To induce change in (a complex system) by changing one of its parameters: greenhouse gases that force the earth's climate.
7. Botany To cause to grow or mature by artificially accelerating normal processes.
8. Baseball
a. To put (a runner) out on a force play.
b. To allow (a run) to be scored by walking a batter when the bases are loaded.
9. Games To cause an opponent to play (a particular card).

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