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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fawrs, fohrs]
    • /fɔrs, foʊrs/
    • /fɔːs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawrs, fohrs]
    • /fɔrs, foʊrs/

Definitions of force word

  • noun force physical power or strength possessed by a living being: He used all his force in opening the window. 1
  • noun force strength or power exerted upon an object; physical coercion; violence: to use force to open the window; to use force on a person. 1
  • noun force strength; energy; power; intensity: a personality of great force. 1
  • noun force power to influence, affect, or control; efficacious power: the force of circumstances; a force for law and order. 1
  • noun force Law. unlawful violence threatened or committed against persons or property. 1
  • noun force persuasive power; power to convince: They felt the force of his arguments. 1

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Origin of force

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; (noun) Middle English < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *fortia, derivative of Latin fortis strong; (v.) Middle English forcen < Anglo-French, Old French forcer, derivative of the noun

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Parts of speech for Force


force popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

force usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for force

verb force

  • urge — to push or force along; impel with force or vigor: to urge the cause along.
  • charge — If you charge someone an amount of money, you ask them to pay that amount for something that you have sold to them or done for them.
  • move — to pass from one place or position to another.
  • oblige — to require or constrain, as by law, command, conscience, or force of necessity.
  • require — to have need of; need: He requires medical care.

noun force

  • power — a heavy blow or a loud, explosive noise.
  • strength — the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor.
  • energy — The strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity.
  • might — physical strength: He swung with all his might.
  • vigour — active strength or force.

Antonyms for force

verb force

  • dissuade — to deter by advice or persuasion; persuade not to do something (often followed by from): She dissuaded him from leaving home.
  • release — to lease again.
  • disallow — to refuse to allow; reject; veto: to disallow a claim for compensation.
  • prevent — to keep from occurring; avert; hinder: He intervened to prevent bloodshed.
  • permit — to allow to do something: Permit me to explain.

noun force

  • weakness — the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, firmness, vigor, or the like; feebleness.
  • passivity — Also, passiveness [pas-iv-nis] /ˈpæs ɪv nɪs/ (Show IPA). the state or condition of being passive.
  • discouragement — an act or instance of discouraging.
  • ease — freedom from labor, pain, or physical annoyance; tranquil rest; comfort: to enjoy one's ease.
  • happiness — the quality or state of being happy.

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