force

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force

Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
force

Plural
forces

  1. A force the act of a thing pushing on another thing, or how strongly it pushes.
    The force of the hammer hitting the nail pushes the nail into the wood.
    In science, energy is force times distance.
    He pushed his shoulder against the door with great force, but was not able to open the locked door.
  2. A group that aims to attack, control, or constrain.
    police force

Verb[change]

Plain form
force

Third-person singular
forces

Past tense
forced

Past participle
forced

Present participle
forcing

  1. Someone forces something to happen when they make it happen.
    He forced his way into the room.
    The large size of our family forced me to buy a bigger house.

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