1. [ verb ] to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
Synonyms: coerce pressure squeeze hale

"He squeezed her for information"

Related terms: compel drive bring_oneself terrorize steamroller bludgeon dragoon squeeze_for turn_up_the_heat pressure imperativeness compulsion power_play act
2. [ noun ] a powerful effect or influence

: "the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them"

Related terms: influence pressure wheels lifeblood duress Yin heartbeat coerce
3. [ noun ] the physical influence that produces a change in a physical quantity

"force equals mass times acceleration"

Related terms: physical_phenomenon reaction attraction drift pull push repulsion stress centripetal_force cohesion affinity vital_force lorentz_force coriolis_force stress moment torsion magnetomotive_force propulsion aerodynamic_force centrifugal_force elan_vital physics push
4. [ noun ] physical energy or intensity
Synonyms: strength forcefulness

: "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"

Related terms: intensity energy momentum stress brunt
5. [ verb ] urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
Synonyms: impel
Related terms: cause
6. [ noun ] group of people willing to obey orders
Synonyms: personnel

"a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens"

Related terms: organization military_service work_force police military_personnel staff military rank_and_file management_personnel paramilitary patrol line_personnel guerilla_force military_police security_force
7. [ verb ] move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
Synonyms: push
Related terms: pull move thrust thrust repel jostle jostle shove nudge push_aside topple push_up muscle_into jam push_out push jerk flick drive nose displace rout_out push push push baby_buggy move press
8. [ noun ] (military) a unit that is part of some military service
Synonyms: military_force military_unit military_group

"he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men"

Related terms: unit enemy command militia task_force headquarters home_guard spearhead army_unit legion republican_guard echelon idf haganah phalanx commando contingent trip_wire air_unit armor mujahadeen naval_unit military_service serviceman military
9. [ verb ] impose or thrust urgently, importunately, or inexorably
Synonyms: thrust

"She forced her diet fads on him"

Related terms: compel stick
10. [ noun ] an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists)
Synonyms: violence

"he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one"

Related terms: aggression riot domestic_violence road_rage storm
11. [ verb ] squeeze like a wedge into a tight space
Synonyms: squeeze wedge

"I squeezed myself into the corner"

Related terms: move compress impact wedge
12. [ verb ] force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically
Synonyms: drive ram run

"She rammed her mind into focus" "He drives me mad"

Related terms: thrust toe hammer_in screw drive_home drive drive campaign
13. [ noun ] one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority
Synonyms: power

: "the mysterious presence of an evil power" "may the force be with you" "the forces of evil"

Related terms: causal_agent Moloch influence juggernaut
14. [ verb ] do forcibly; exert force

"Don't force it!"

Related terms: act pull repel gouge squirt wrest evict
15. [ verb ] cause to move along the ground by pulling
Synonyms: pull draw

"draw a wagon" "pull a sled"

Related terms: push move attract drag yank attract haul pluck entrain hike_up stretch tug adduct abduct twitch winch pull_back pluck attract attract extract level pluck wrest uproot rope_in shlep pull_back pull pull pull draw draft
16. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 7982
17. [ verb ] take by force
Synonyms: storm

"Storm the fort"

Related terms: penetrate violence
18. [ noun ] a group of people having the power of effective action

"he joined forces with a band of adventurers"

Related terms: social_group
19. [ noun ] (of a law) having legal validity
Synonyms: effect

"the law is still in effect"

Related terms: validity law
Similar spelling:   force_17