(noun, verb)


1. a powerful effect or influence

- the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them

Definition categories: attribute, influence

2. (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity

- force equals mass times acceleration

Definition categories: phenomenon

3. physical energy or intensity

- he hit with all the force he could muster

- a government has not the vitality and forcefulness of a living man

Similar word(s): forcefulness, strength

Definition categories: attribute, intensity, intensiveness

4. group of people willing to obey orders

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

Similar word(s): personnel

Definition categories: group, organisation, organization

5. a unit that is part of some military service

- he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men

Definition categories: group, unit

6. an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists)

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

Similar word(s): violence

Definition categories: act, aggression, hostility

7. one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority

- may the force be with you

- the forces of evil

Similar word(s): power

Definition categories: person, cause

8. a group of people having the power of effective action

- he joined forces with a band of adventurers

Definition categories: group

9. (of a law) having legal validity

Similar word(s): effect

Definition categories: attribute, validity, validness

10. a putout of a base runner who is required to run; the putout is accomplished by holding the ball while touching the base to which the runner must advance before the runner reaches that base

- the shortstop got the runner at second on a force

Definition categories: act, putout

Sentences with force as a noun:

- the force of an appeal, an argument, or a contract

- police force

- show of force

- The law will come into force in January.


1. to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means

- She forced him to take a job in the city

Similar word(s): coerce, hale, pressure, squeeze

Definition categories: social, compel, obligate, oblige

2. urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate

Similar word(s): impel

Definition categories: creation, cause, do, make

3. move with force

Similar word(s): push

Definition categories: motion, displace, move

4. impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably

- She forced her diet fads on him

Similar word(s): thrust

Definition categories: communication, compel, obligate, oblige

5. squeeze like a wedge into a tight space

Similar word(s): squeeze, wedge

Definition categories: contact, displace, move

6. force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically

Similar word(s): drive, ram

Definition categories: contact, thrust

7. do forcibly; exert force

- Don't force it!

Definition categories: contact, act, move

8. take by force

Similar word(s): storm

Definition categories: contact, penetrate, perforate

Sentences with force as a verb:

- The comedian's jokes weren't funny, but I forced a laugh now and then.

- To force a lock.

- Jones forced the runner at second by stepping on the bag.