forces

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈfɔːsɪz/

From the verb force: (⇒ conjugate)
forces is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v 3rd person singular

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
force /fɔrs/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  forced, forc•ing. 
n. 
  1. physical power or strength:[uncountable]to pull with all one's force.
  2. strength used upon an object;
    physical coercion;
    violence:[uncountable]to use force to open a door.
  3. strength;
    energy;
    power:[uncountable]the force of the waves.
  4. persuasive power;
    power to influence or convince:[uncountable]the force of an argument.
  5. Often,  forces. [plural] the military or fighting strength, esp. of a nation:armed forces.
  6. any body of persons combined for joint action:[countable]a sales force.
  7. Physics
    • [uncountable] an influence on a body or system, producing or tending to produce a change in movement:the measurement of the amount of force used.
    • [countable;  usually singular] the intensity of such an influence:a force of 300 newtons.
  8. any influence or agency that is similar to physical force in having or producing change or movement:[countable]social forces.

v. [+ object]
  1. to compel, constrain, or make (someone) to do something:[+ object + to + verb]The police forced him to confess.
  2. to drive or propel against resistance:to force one's way through a crowd.
  3. to bring about or effect by force:We'll have to force a solution.
  4. to obtain or draw forth by or as if by force;
    extort:to force a confession.
  5. to break open (a door, lock, etc.):The thieves forced the window.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsin force: 
    • in operation;
      effective:a rule no longer in force.
    • in large numbers:The army attacked in force.

    force is a noun and a verb, forceful is an adjective:The police used force to subdue the prisoner. The police forced him to confess. She is a forceful speaker.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
force  (fôrs, fōrs),USA pronunciation n., v.,  forced, forc•ing. 
n. 
  1. physical power or strength possessed by a living being:He used all his force in opening the window.
  2. strength or power exerted upon an object;
    physical coercion;
    violence:to use force to open the window; to use force on a person.
  3. strength;
    energy;
    power;
    intensity:a personality of great force.
  4. power to influence, affect, or control;
    efficacious power:the force of circumstances; a force for law and order.
  5. Lawunlawful violence threatened or committed against persons or property.
  6. persuasive power;
    power to convince:They felt the force of his arguments.
  7. mental or moral strength:force of character.
  8. might, as of a ruler or realm;
    strength for war.
  9. Often,  forces. the military or fighting strength, esp. of a nation.
  10. any body of persons combined for joint action:a sales force.
  11. intensity or strength of effect:the force of her acting.
  12. Physics
    • an influence on a body or system, producing or tending to produce a change in movement or in shape or other effects.
    • the intensity of such an influence. Symbol: F, f
  13. any influence or agency analogous to physical force:social forces.
  14. binding power, as of a contract.
  15. Sport[Baseball.]See  force play. 
  16. value;
    significance;
    meaning.
  17. Games[Billiards.]a stroke in which the cue ball is forcibly struck directly below the center in such a manner as to cause it to stop abruptly, bound back, or roll off to one side after hitting the object ball.
  18. Idiomsin force: 
    • in operation;
      effective:This ancient rule is no longer in force.
    • in large numbers;
      at full strength:They attacked in force.

v.t. 
  1. to compel, constrain, or oblige (oneself or someone) to do something:to force a suspect to confess.
  2. to drive or propel against resistance:He forced his way through the crowd. They forced air into his lungs.
  3. to bring about or effect by force.
  4. to bring about of necessity or as a necessary result:to force a smile.
  5. to put or impose (something or someone) forcibly on or upon a person:to force one's opinions on others.
  6. to compel by force;
    overcome the resistance of:to force acceptance of something.
  7. to obtain or draw forth by or as if by force;
    extort:to force a confession.
  8. to enter or take by force;
    overpower:They forced the town after a long siege.
  9. to break open (a door, lock, etc.).
  10. Botanyto cause (plants, fruits, etc.) to grow or mature at an increased rate by artificial means.
  11. to press, urge, or exert (an animal, person, etc.) to violent effort or to the utmost.
  12. to use force upon.
  13. to rape.
  14. Sport[Baseball.]
    • to cause (a base runner) to be put out by obliging the runner, as by a ground ball, to vacate a base and attempt to move to the next base in order to make room for another runner or the batter.
    • to cause (a base runner or run) to score, as by walking a batter with the bases full (often fol. by in).
  15. Games[Cards.]
    • to compel (a player) to trump by leading a suit of which the player has no cards.
    • to compel a player to play (a particular card).
    • to compel (a player) to play so as to make known the strength of the hand.
  16. [Photog.]
    • Photographyto develop (a print or negative) for longer than usual in order to increase density or bring out details.
    • Photographyto bring out underexposed parts of (a print or negative) by adding alkali to the developer.
  17. [Archaic.]to give force to;
    strengthen;
    reinforce.

v.i. 
  1. to make one's way by force.
forcea•ble, adj. 
forceless, adj. 
forcer, n. 
forcing•ly, adv. 
  • Anglo-French, Old French forcer, derivative of the noun, nominal
  • Vulgar Latin *fortia, derivative of Latin fortis strong; (verb, verbal) Middle English forcen
  • Middle French
  • (noun, nominal) Middle English 1250–1300
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged vigor. See  strength. 
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged compulsion, constraint.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged efficacy, effectiveness, cogency, potency, validity.
    • 19.See corresponding entry in Unabridged coerce.
    • 20.See corresponding entry in Unabridged impel.
    • 26.See corresponding entry in Unabridged overcome;
      violate, ravish, rape.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged weakness.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged impotence.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
Forces /ˈfɔːsɪz/ pl n
  1. the Forcesthe armed services of a nation
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
force /fɔːs/ n
  1. strength or energy; might; power: the force of the blow, a gale of great force
  2. exertion or the use of exertion against a person or thing that resists; coercion
  3. a dynamic influence that changes a body from a state of rest to one of motion or changes its rate of motion. The magnitude of the force is equal to the product of the mass of the body and its acceleration
  4. a static influence that produces an elastic strain in a body or system or bears weight
    Symbol: F
  5. intellectual, social, political, or moral influence or strength: the force of his argument, the forces of evil
  6. a person or thing with such influence: he was a force in the land
  7. vehemence or intensity: he spoke with great force
  8. a group of persons organized for military or police functions: armed forces
  9. the force ⇒ (sometimes capital) informal the police force
  10. a group of persons organized for particular duties or tasks: a workforce
  11. violence unlawfully committed or threatened
  12. in force(of a law) having legal validity or binding effect
  13. in great strength or numbers
vb (transitive)
  1. to compel or cause (a person, group, etc) to do something through effort, superior strength, etc; coerce
  2. to acquire, secure, or produce through effort, superior strength, etc: to force a confession
  3. to propel or drive despite resistance: to force a nail into wood
  4. to break down or open (a lock, safe, door, etc)
  5. to impose or inflict: he forced his views on them
  6. to cause (plants or farm animals) to grow or fatten artificially at an increased rate
  7. to strain or exert to the utmost: to force the voice
  8. to rape; ravish
  9. to compel a player by the lead of a particular suit to play (a certain card)
  10. (in bridge) to induce (a bid) from one's partner by bidding in a certain way
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin fortia (unattested), from Latin fortis strong

ˈforceable adj ˈforceless adj ˈforcer n
force /fɔːs/ n
  1. (in northern England) a waterfall
Etymology: 17th Century: from Old Norse fors
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