Forced
Force Force, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Forced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Forcing}.] [OF. forcier, F. forcer, fr. LL. forciare, fortiare. See {Force}, n.] 1. To constrain to do or to forbear, by the exertion of a power not resistible; to compel by physical, moral, or intellectual means; to coerce; as, masters force slaves to labor. [1913 Webster]

2. To compel, as by strength of evidence; as, to force conviction on the mind. [1913 Webster]

3. To do violence to; to overpower, or to compel by violence to one's will; especially, to ravish; to violate; to commit rape upon. [1913 Webster]

To force their monarch and insult the court. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

I should have forced thee soon wish other arms. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

To force a spotless virgin's chastity. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To obtain, overcome, or win by strength; to take by violence or struggle; specifically, to capture by assault; to storm, as a fortress; as, to force the castle; to force a lock. [1913 Webster]

5. To impel, drive, wrest, extort, get, etc., by main strength or violence; -- with a following adverb, as along, away, from, into, through, out, etc. [1913 Webster]

It stuck so fast, so deeply buried lay That scarce the victor forced the steel away. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

To force the tyrant from his seat by war. --Sahk. [1913 Webster]

Ethelbert ordered that none should be forced into religion. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

6. To put in force; to cause to be executed; to make binding; to enforce. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

What can the church force more? --J. Webster. [1913 Webster]

7. To exert to the utmost; to urge; hence, to strain; to urge to excessive, unnatural, or untimely action; to produce by unnatural effort; as, to force a conceit or metaphor; to force a laugh; to force fruits. [1913 Webster]

High on a mounting wave my head I bore, Forcing my strength, and gathering to the shore. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

8. (Whist) To compel (an adversary or partner) to trump a trick by leading a suit of which he has none. [1913 Webster]

9. To provide with forces; to re["e]nforce; to strengthen by soldiers; to man; to garrison. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

10. To allow the force of; to value; to care for. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

For me, I force not argument a straw. --Shak.

Syn: To compel; constrain; oblige; necessitate; coerce; drive; press; impel. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • forced — forced, labored, strained, farfetched are comparable when they mean produced or kept up through effort and, therefore, neither natural nor easy nor spontaneous. Forced is the widest in range of application of any of these terms, being referred… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • forced — UK US /fɔːst/ adjective ► done against someone s wishes: »The forced closure of the plant has shocked the local business community. »The company will use any proceeds from a forced sale to pay off debt. a forced departure/exit/resignation »Some… …   Financial and business terms

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  • forced — [fôrst] adj. 1. done or brought about by force; not voluntary; compulsory [forced labor] 2. produced or kept up by unusual effort; not natural or spontaneous; strained or constrained [a forced smile] 3. due to necessity or emergency [a forced… …   English World dictionary

  • forced — [ fɔrst ] adjective 1. ) not sincere or natural: a forced smile 2. ) done or happening because the situation makes it necessary or because someone makes you do it: forced layoffs the forced resettlement of the refugees …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • forced — (adj.) not spontaneous or voluntary, 1570s, pp. adjective from FORCE (Cf. force) (v.). The flier s forced landing attested by 1917 …   Etymology dictionary

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  • forced — [[t]fɔ͟ː(r)st[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n A forced action is something that you do because someone else makes you do it. A system of forced labour was used on the cocoa plantations. 2) ADJ: ADJ n A forced action is something that you do because… …   English dictionary

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