Meaning of FORCE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ fɔ:(r)s ]

( forces, forcing, forced)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


If someone forces you to do something, they make you do it even though you do not want to, for example by threatening you.

He was forced to resign by Russia’s conservative parliament...

I cannot force you in this. You must decide...

They were grabbed by three men who appeared to force them into a car.

VERB : V n to-inf , V n , V n prep / adv


If a situation or event forces you to do something, it makes it necessary for you to do something that you would not otherwise have done.

A back injury forced her to withdraw from Wimbledon...

He turned right, down a dirt road that forced him into four-wheel drive...

She finally was forced to the conclusion that she wouldn’t get another paid job in her field.

VERB : V n to-inf , V n into/to/out of n , V n into/to/out of n


If someone forces something on or upon you, they make you accept or use it when you would prefer not to.

To force this agreement on the nation is wrong.

= impose

VERB : V n on/upon n


If you force something into a particular position, you use a lot of strength to make it move there.

They were forcing her head under the icy waters, drowning her.

VERB : V n prep / adv


If someone forces a lock, a door, or a window, they break the lock or fastening in order to get into a building without using a key.

That evening police forced the door of the flat and arrested Mr Roberts...

He tried to force the window open but it was jammed shut.

VERB : V n , V n adj


If someone uses force to do something, or if it is done by force , strong and violent physical action is taken in order to achieve it.

The government decided against using force to break-up the demonstrations.

...the guerrillas’ efforts to seize power by force.



Force is the power or strength which something has.

The force of the explosion shattered the windows of several buildings...



If you refer to someone or something as a force in a particular type of activity, you mean that they have a strong influence on it.

For years the army was the most powerful political force in the country...

One of the driving forces behind this recent expansion is the growth of services.

N-COUNT : with supp , oft N in/behind n


The force of something is the powerful effect or quality that it has.

He changed our world through the force of his ideas...

N-UNCOUNT : oft N of n


You can use forces to refer to processes and events that do not appear to be caused by human beings, and are therefore difficult to understand or control.

...the protection of mankind against the forces of nature: epidemics, predators, floods, hurricanes...

The principle of market forces was applied to some of the countries most revered institutions...

N-COUNT : usu pl , usu with supp


In physics, a force is the pulling or pushing effect that something has on something else.

...the earth’s gravitational force.

...protons and electrons trapped by magnetic forces in the Van Allen belts.



Force is used before a number to indicate a wind of a particular speed or strength, especially a very strong wind.

Northerly winds will increase to force six by midday.



If you force a smile or a laugh, you manage to smile or laugh, but with an effort because you are unhappy.

Joe forced a smile, but underneath he was a little disturbed...

‘Why don’t you offer me a drink?’ he asked, with a forced smile.

VERB : V n , V-ed


Forces are groups of soldiers or military vehicles that are organized for a particular purpose.

...the deployment of American forces in the region.

N-COUNT : usu pl


The forces means the army, the navy, or the air force, or all three.

The more senior you become in the forces, the more likely you are to end up in a desk job.



The force is sometimes used to mean the police force.

It was hard for a police officer to make friends outside the force.

N-SING : det N


see also air force , armed forces , labour force , peacekeeping , task force , tour de force , workforce


If you do something from force of habit , you do it because you have always done it in the past, rather than because you have thought carefully about it.

Unconsciously, by force of habit, she plugged the coffee pot in.

PHRASE : usu from/by PHR


A law, rule, or system that is in force exists or is being used.

Although the new tax is already in force, you have until November to lodge an appeal.

PHRASE : v-link PHR


When people do something in force , they do it in large numbers.

Voters turned out in force for their first taste of multi-party elections.

PHRASE : PHR after v


If you join forces with someone, you work together in order to achieve a common aim or purpose.

William joined forces with businessman Nicholas Court to launch the new vehicle.

PHRASE : V inflects , pl-n PHR , PHR with n


If you force your way through or into somewhere, you have to push or break things that are in your way in order to get there.

The miners were armed with clubs as they forced their way through a police cordon...

He forced his way into a house shouting for help.

PHRASE : V inflects , oft PHR through/into n


to force someone’s hand: see hand

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