Synonyms of force


1. force, influence

usage: a powerful effect or influence; "the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them"

2. force, physical phenomenon

usage: (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity; "force equals mass times acceleration"

3. force, forcefulness, strength, intensity, intensiveness

usage: physical energy or intensity; "he hit with all the force he could muster"; "it was destroyed by the strength of the gale"; "a government has not the vitality and forcefulness of a living man"

4. force, personnel, organization, organisation

usage: group of people willing to obey orders; "a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens"

5. military unit, military force, military group, force, unit, social unit

usage: a unit that is part of some military service; "he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men"

6. violence, force, aggression, hostility

usage: an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists); "he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one"

7. power, force, causal agent, cause, causal agency

usage: one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority; "the mysterious presence of an evil power"; "may the force be with you"; "the forces of evil"

8. force, social group

usage: a group of people having the power of effective action; "he joined forces with a band of adventurers"

9. effect, force, validity, validness

usage: (of a law) having legal validity; "the law is still in effect"

10. force out, force-out, force play, force, putout

usage: a putout of a base runner who is required to run; the putout is accomplished by holding the ball while touching the base to which the runner must advance before the runner reaches that base; "the shortstop got the runner at second on a force"


1. coerce, hale, squeeze, pressure, force, compel, oblige, obligate

usage: to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"; "He squeezed her for information"

2. impel, force, cause, do, make

usage: urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate

3. push, force, move, displace

usage: move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"

4. force, thrust, compel, oblige, obligate

usage: impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably; "She forced her diet fads on him"

5. wedge, squeeze, force, move, displace

usage: squeeze like a wedge into a tight space; "I squeezed myself into the corner"

6. force, drive, ram, thrust

usage: force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically; "She rammed her mind into focus"; "He drives me mad"

7. pull, draw, force, move, displace

usage: cause to move by pulling; "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"

8. force, act, move

usage: do forcibly; exert force; "Don't force it!"

9. storm, force, penetrate, perforate

usage: take by force; "Storm the fort"

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Definition and meaning of force (Dictionary)