Synonyms for force


1. 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"
2. 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"
3. force, physical phenomenon
usage: (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity; "force equals mass times acceleration"
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. force, influence
usage: a powerful effect or influence; "the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them"
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. 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"
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"


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, force out, force out
usage: move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
4. force, thrust, compel, oblige, obligate
usage: impose or thrust 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. force, act, move, force out, force out, force out, force back
usage: do forcibly; exert force; "Don't force it!"
8. pull, draw, force, move, displace
usage: cause to move along the ground by pulling; "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"
9. storm, force, penetrate, perforate
usage: take by force; "Storm the fort"
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