Definition of you can lead or take a horse to water but you can't make him drink in English:

you can lead (or take) a horse to water but you can't make him drink

proverb You can give someone an opportunity, but you can’t force them to take it.
More example sentences
  • But the old, old cliché says you can take a horse to water but you can't make him drink, well we believe that we can make him thirsty.
  • As the saying goes that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink, so the same goes with standards education.
  • To paraphrase Keynes, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.
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