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English noun: force

1. force (attribute) a powerful effect or influence

SamplesThe force of his eloquence easily persuaded them.

Broader (hypernym)influence

Narrower (hyponym)duress, heartbeat, lifeblood, pressure, wheel

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

SamplesForce equals mass times acceleration.

Broader (hypernym)physical phenomenon

Narrower (hyponym)aerodynamic force, affinity, attraction, attractive force, centrifugal force, centripetal force, chemical attraction, cohesion, Coriolis force, drift, elan vital, impetus, impulsion, life force, Lorentz force, magnetomotive force, moment, propulsion, pull, push, reaction, repulsion, repulsive force, stress, thrust, torque, torsion, vital force, vitality

Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

3. force (attribute) physical energy or intensity

SamplesHe hit with all the force he could muster.
It was destroyed by the strength of the gale.
A government has not the vitality and forcefulness of a living man.

Synonymsforcefulness, strength

Broader (hypernym)intensity, intensiveness

Narrower (hyponym)brunt, energy, impulse, momentum, vigor, vigour, zip

4. force (group) group of people willing to obey orders

SamplesA public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens.


Broader (hypernym)organisation, organization

Narrower (hyponym)armed forces, armed service, armed services, constabulary, guerilla force, guerrilla force, hands, law, line personnel, management personnel, manpower, men, military, military machine, military personnel, military police, military service, MP, paramilitary, paramilitary force, paramilitary organisation, paramilitary organization, paramilitary unit, patrol, police, police force, private security force, rank, rank and file, security force, service, soldiery, staff, troops, war machine, work force, workforce

5. force (group) a unit that is part of some military service

SamplesHe sent Caesar a force of six thousand men.

Synonymsmilitary force, military group, military unit

Broader (hypernym)social unit, unit

Narrower (hyponym)air unit, armor, armour, army unit, command, commando, contingent, detail, echelon, enemy, guard, Haganah, headquarters, IDF, Israeli Defense Force, legion, militia, mujahadeen, mujahadein, mujahadin, mujahedeen, mujahedin, mujahideen, mujahidin, naval unit, phalanx, Republican Guard, reserves, spearhead, task force, trip wire

Member holonymman, military man, military personnel, serviceman

Member meronymarmed service, military service, service

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

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

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


Broader (hypernym)aggression, hostility

Narrower (hyponym)domestic violence, public violence, riot, road rage

7. force (person) one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority

SamplesThe mysterious presence of an evil power.
May the force be with you.
The forces of evil.


Broader (hypernym)causal agency, causal agent, cause

Narrower (hyponym)influence, juggernaut, Moloch, steamroller

8. force (group) a group of people having the power of effective action

SamplesHe joined forces with a band of adventurers.

Broader (hypernym)social group

9. force (attribute) (of a law) having legal validity

SamplesThe law is still in effect.


Broader (hypernym)validity, validness

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

10. force (act) 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

SamplesThe shortstop got the runner at second on a force.

Synonymsforce out, force play, force-out

Broader (hypernym)putout

Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

English verb: force

1. force (social) to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :

SamplesShe forced him to take a job in the city.
He squeezed her for information.

ExamplesThey force him to write the letter

Synonymscoerce, hale, pressure, squeeze

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something

Broader (hypernym)compel, obligate, oblige

Narrower (hyponym)bludgeon, bring oneself, dragoon, drive, railroad, sandbag, squeeze for, steamroll, steamroller, terrorise, terrorize, turn up the heat, turn up the pressure

Causeact, move

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

ExamplesThey force him to write the letter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)cause, do, make

3. force (motion) move with force,

SamplesHe pushed the table into a corner.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)beat back, drive, drive, flick, force back, jam, jerk, jostle, muscle into, nose, nudge, obtrude, poke at, press, prod, push, push aside, push away, push back, push out, push up, repel, repulse, shove, shove, shove, squeeze, stuff, thrust, thrust, thrust out, tip, topple, tumble

Entailmove, press

Verb grouppush

Antonymsdraw, pull, force

4. force (communication) impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably

SamplesShe forced her diet fads on him.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something on somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something

Broader (hypernym)compel, obligate, oblige

Narrower (hyponym)stick, sting

5. force (contact) squeeze like a wedge into a tight space

SamplesI squeezed myself into the corner.

Synonymssqueeze, wedge

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)compact, compress, impact, pack together

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

SamplesShe rammed her mind into focus.
He drives me mad.

Synonymsdrive, ram

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)thrust

Narrower (hyponym)toe, toenail

Verb groupdrive, drive

7. force (contact) cause to move by pulling

SamplesDraw a wagon.
Pull a sled.

Synonymsdraw, pull

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)abduct, adduct, attract, cart, drag, drag, draw, draw in, hale, haul, jerk, pick, pick off, pluck, pluck, plunk, pull, pull back, pull in, pull off, stretch, tug, tweak, twitch, winch, yank

Verb groupdraw, pull, pull

Antonymspush, force

8. force (contact) do forcibly; exert force

SamplesDon't force it!.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Narrower (hyponym)pull

9. force (contact) take by force

SamplesStorm the fort.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)penetrate, perforate

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