Noun: force fors
Verb: force fors
- A powerful effect or influence
"the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them"
- (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity
"force equals mass times acceleration"
- Physical energy or intensity
"he hit with all the force he could muster"
- To cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means
"She forced him to take a job in the city"
- coerce, hale [archaic], squeeze, pressure
- Urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
- Move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
- Impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
"She forced her diet fads on him"
- Squeeze like a wedge into a tight space
- wedge, squeeze
- Force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically
- drive, ram
- Cause to move by pulling
- pull, draw
- Do forcibly; exert force
"Don't force it!"
- Take by force
Derived forms: forces, forced, forcing
See also: force back, force out, forced, forcible
Type of: act, aggression, causal agency, causal agent, cause, compel, displace, do, hostility, influence, intensity, intensiveness, make, move, obligate, oblige, organisation [Brit], organization, penetrate, perforate, physical phenomenon, putout, social group, social unit, thrust, unit, validity, validness
Part of: armed service, military service, service
Encyclopedia: Force Force, Italy
AmE / noun, verb
DRIVING FORCE, LABOUR FORCE, SALES FORCE, TASK FORCE
a person or thing that has a lot of power or influence:
The company has become a major force in the cellphone industry.
She was the driving force (= the person who has the most influence) behind the group's success.
He is seen as a powerful force for change.
⇨ MARKET FORCES
a dominant/driving/major/powerful force
◆ competitive/economic forces
the authority of sth:
These guidelines do not have the force of law.
3 (HR ) [C with sing./pl. verb]
a group of people who have been organized for a particular purpose ⇨ WORKFORCE
come/enter into force
(about a law, rule, etc.) to start being used:
New accounting rules come into force next year.
(about a law, rule, etc.) being used or applied:
the environmental standards in force in Europe
join/combine forces (with sb)
to work together in order to achieve a shared aim:
They hoped to join forces with Fiat to develop new vehicles.
■ verb [+ obj]
1 (often be forced)
to make sb/sth do sth that they do not want to do:
The president was forced into resigning.
She was forced out of her job.
The economic downturn has forced us to cut jobs.
to be forced into bankruptcy
2 (often used with an adverb or a preposition)
to make sth happen, especially sth bad or sth other people do not want:
They have collected enough signatures to force a vote.
Fierce competition has forced down the cost of telephone services.
The high levels of consumer debt could force a rise in interest rates.
The shortage of properties is forcing prices up.