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 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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