March 27, 2012 - Word of the Day: force
If you "force" something, you use your strength or power of influence so that a thing or a person will do something.
- Elliot forced his kids to do their homework.
- Theresa has to force her daughter to wear her glasses.
- I forced the door open with my shoulder.
- A strong wind forced the tree to fall over.
- The teacher is forcing her to stay after school and clean the room because of her bad behavior.
- You shouldn't have to force someone to do something that he or she doesn't want to do.
- Try not to force that bolt too much. It might break.
- The new health care law will force Americans to purchase health insurance if they don't already have it.
This next group of sentences shows how "force" can be used as a noun:
- The police used extreme force against the crowd of protesters.
- You need a lot of force to open up this bottle.
- Roberto applied a little too much force to get his new business approved by the city council.
- Force wasn't necessary in getting the other army to put down their weapons.
- Military forces were called upon to help resolve the conflict.
You can turn "force" into an adjective by adding "ful" to the end of it:
- She made a forceful argument on behalf of her friend who needed help.
- He has a very forceful personality.
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