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force

noun

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1 a body of persons at work or available for work
  • the entire force of the shipyard will be needed to get this government order done on time

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2 the use of power to impose one's will on another
  • a cruel tyrant who disbanded the parliament and ruled by force

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3 the ability to exert effort for the accomplishment of a task
  • got through the college board exams by sheer force of will

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5 the quality of an utterance that provokes interest and produces an effect
  • expressed the full force of her frustration with her son for his reckless behavior

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7 a body of officers of the law
  • the police detective retired after 23 years on the force

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8 the number of individuals or amount of something available at any given time
  • the great debate during the Cold War was whether the nation's missile force was adequate

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force

verb

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1 to cause (a person) to give in to pressure
  • the public outcry from the scandal forced the mayor to resign
  • road construction forced them to take an alternate route

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2 to engage in sexual activity and especially intercourse with a person unwilling or unable to give consent
  • was accused of forcing a woman

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Noun

power, force, energy, strength, might mean the ability to exert effort. power may imply latent or exerted physical, mental, or spiritual ability to act or be acted upon. the awesome power of flowing water force implies the actual effective exercise of power. used enough force to push the door open energy applies to power expended or capable of being transformed into work. a worker with boundless energy strength applies to the quality or property of a person or thing that makes possible the exertion of force or the withstanding of strain, pressure, or attack. use weight training to build your strength might implies great or overwhelming power or strength. the belief that might makes right

Verb

force, compel, coerce, constrain, oblige mean to make someone or something yield. force is the general term and implies the overcoming of resistance by the exertion of strength, power, or duress. forced to flee for their lives compel typically suggests overcoming of resistance or unwillingness by an irresistible force. compelled to admit my mistake coerce suggests overcoming resistance or unwillingness by actual or threatened violence or pressure. coerced into signing over the rights constrain suggests the effect of a force or circumstance that limits freedom of action or choice. constrained by conscience oblige implies the constraint of necessity, law, or duty. felt obliged to go

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The first known use of force was in the 14th century

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“Force.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/force. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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