• To violate (a woman); to rape.
  • To exert oneself, to do one's utmost.
  • To compel (someone or something) to do something.
  • To constrain by force; to overcome the limitations or resistance of.
  • To drive (something) by force, to propel (generally + prepositional phrase or adverb).
  • To cause to occur (despite inertia, resistance etc.); to produce through force.
  • To forcibly open (a door, lock etc.).
  • To obtain or win by strength; to take by violence or struggle; specifically, to capture by assault; to storm, as a fortress.
  • To create an out by touching a base in advance of a runner who has no base to return to while in possession of a ball which has already touched the ground.
  • To compel (an adversary or partner) to trump a trick by leading a suit that he/she does not hold.
  • To put in force; to cause to be executed; to make binding; to enforce.
  • To provide with forces; to reinforce; to strengthen by soldiers; to man; to garrison.
  • To allow the force of; to value; to care for.
  • To stuff; to lard; to farce.


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  • From Middle English force, fors, forse, from Old French force, from Late Latin or Vulgar Latin *fortia, from neuter plural of Latin fortis ("strong"), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerǵʰ-.
  • From Middle English forcen, from Old French forcer, from Late Latin *fortiāre, from Latin fortia.
  • From Middle English force, forz, fors, from Old Norse fors, from Proto-Germanic *fursaz. Cognate with Icelandic foss, Norwegian foss, Swedish fors. foss.
  • From Middle English forcen, forsen, a use of force#Etymology 1, with confusion of farce.

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