force-feed

verb
\ ˈfȯrs-ˌfēd How to pronounce force-feed (audio) \
force-fed\ ˈfȯrs-​ˌfed How to pronounce force-feed (audio) \; force-feeding

Definition of force-feed

transitive verb

1 : to feed (a person or an animal) by forcible administration of food
2 : to force to take in force-feed students the classics also used with a single object force-feed the classics to studentsforce-feed students with the classics

First Known Use of force-feed

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of force-feed was in 1901

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“Force-feed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/force-feed. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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force-feed

verb

English Language Learners Definition of force-feed

: to make (a person or animal) eat by physically putting food down the throat
: to force (someone) to read, listen to, or learn (something)

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