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forces

verb
present tense third-person singular of force

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(Entry 1 of 2)

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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  • date rapes
  • gang rapes

forces

noun
plural of force

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

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4 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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