force2 S2 W1 [transitive]
to make someone do something they do not want to do [↪ persuade]
make somebody do something
force somebody/yourself to do something
Government troops have forced the rebels to surrender.
Due to the high cost of borrowing, many companies have been forced to close.
I had to force myself to get up this morning.
force somebody/something into (doing) something
women who are forced into arranged marriages
Bad health forced him into taking early retirement.
to make someone or something move in a particular direction or into a different position, especially through or using great strength [= push]:
make somebody/something move[always + adverb/preposition]
Westerly gales forced the ship off course.
Firemen entering the building were forced back by flames.
She tried to keep the door shut but the man forced it open.
3 also force your way in/out/past etc
to push very hard in order to get somewhere:
The doctor forced his way through the crowd.
Demonstrators forced their way past.
to make something happen or change, especially more quickly than planned or expected:
make something happen
the unfortunate events that forced his resignation
We need to force the pace on alternative energy policies.
force prices/interest rates etc down/up
The effect will be to increase unemployment and force down wages.
to open a door etc using physical strength, often causing damage:
I forced the lock on the cupboard to see what was inside.
to do something that makes it necessary for someone to make decisions or take action, instead of waiting to see what happens:
Polly decided to force the issue by demanding an explanation.
to make someone do something unwillingly or earlier than they had intended:
They're reluctant to sell the house yet but the right offer could force their hand.
to make yourself smile, laugh etc even though you feel upset or annoyed
force something ↔ backphrasal verb
Janet forced back her tears.
force something ↔ downphrasal verb
to make yourself eat or drink something, although you do not want it:
I forced down a piece of stale bread.
to make a plane land by threatening to attack it:
The hijacked plane was forced down by military jets.
force something on/upon somebodyphrasal verb
It's no good trying to force a diet on someone.
people who try to force their own views on you
force something ↔ out of somebodyphrasal verb
I wasn't going to tell Matt but he forced it out of me.