force-feed

verb \ ˈfȯrs-ˌfēd \

Definition of force-feed

force-fed play \ˈfȯrs-ˌfed\; force-feeding
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 students
  • force-feed students with the classics

First Known Use of force-feed

1901


FORCE-FEED Defined for English Language Learners

force-feed

verb

Definition of force-feed for English Language Learners

  • : 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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