There are 2 translations of force in Spanish:

force1

Pronunciation: /fɔːrs; fɔːs/

n

  • 1 u 1.1 (strength, violence) fuerza (f) winds of hurricane force vientos de fuerza huracanada a force eight gale vientos de fuerza ocho he took the full force of the blow recibió toda la fuerza or el impacto del golpe the police were out in force había una gran presencia policial through force of circumstances the plans had to be changed razones de fuerza mayor nos hicieron cambiar de planes force of habit la fuerza de la costumbre force of numbers guaranteed their victory su superioridad numérica les garantizó la victoria sheer force of numbers necessitated a change of venue el gran número de asistentes ( or inscripciones etc) hizo necesario un cambio de local 1.2 (coercion) fuerza (f) to take sth by force apoderarse de algo por la fuerza to use/resort to force hacer* uso de/recurrir a la fuerza by force of arms [literario/literary] por la fuerza de las armas
  • 2 2.1 c u [Phys] fuerza (f) the force of gravity la fuerza de (la) gravedad, la gravedad 2.2 c (influential thing, person) fuerza (f) social/political forces fuerzas sociales/políticas the forces of conservatism/liberalism/evil las fuerzas del conservadurismo/liberalismo/mal he is a major force in the Church es una figura de mucho peso en la Iglesia she's a force to be reckoned with no se puede menos que tenerla en cuenta to join forces with sb unirse a algn, hacer* causa común con algn
  • 4 c (group of people) fuerza (f) the (armed) forces las fuerzas armadas the (police) force la policía our sales force nuestro personal de ventas, nuestro equipo de vendedores
  • 5 u (validity) fuerza (f) it has the force of law tiene fuerza de ley to come into force entrar en vigor or vigencia to be in force estar* en vigor or vigencia

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The LOE (Ley Orgánica de Educación) is a Spanish reform of 2006 which established four stages of pre-university education: non-compulsory educación infantil, from birth to six years; compulsory primary education, Primaria, from six to twelve; compulsory secondary education, ESO - Educación Secundaria Obligatoria, from twelve to sixteen; and either two years of Bachillerato, leading to university entrance, or two years of Formación Profesional Específica de Grado Medio, vocational training that can lead to Formación Profesional Específica de Grado Superior. The LOE superseded the LOGSE Ley Orgánica de Ordenación General del Sistema Educativo of 1990. The major change was a reduction in humanities subjects in the curriculum, while citizenship classes Educación para la Ciudadanía were introduced. The latter have been controversial in some quarters.

There are 2 translations of force in Spanish:

force2

vt

  • 1 (compel) to force sb to + inf obligar* or forzar* a algn a + inf I had to force myself to eat tuve que obligarme a comerto force sb into -ing he forced her into accepting his terms la obligó or forzó a aceptar sus condiciones they were forced to sell/into selling se vieron obligados or forzados a vender I am forced to admit that … me veo obligado a admitir que …
  • 2 2.1 (bring about, obtain) [action/change] provocar* to force a vote on sth hacer* que algo se someta a votación 2.2 (extort)to force sth out of o from sb they had to force the secret out of him o from him le tuvieron que arrancar el secreto a la fuerza
  • 3 (impose)to force sth on sb the decision was forced on us by events los acontecimientos nos obligaron a tomar esa decisión I didn't want to take the money, but she forced it on me yo no quería el dinero pero me obligó a aceptarlo it's been forced on us by management la dirección nos lo ha impuesto I don't want to force myself on you if you're busy no lo quiero molestar or [formal] no quiero imponerle mi presencia si está ocupado
  • 4 4.1 (exert pressure, push, drive) [knob/handle] forzar* if it won't go in, don't try to force it si no entra, no lo fuerces to force a door open forzar* una puerta she could force back her tears no longer ya no podía contener el llanto she was forced out of the race by engine trouble se vio obligada a retirarse de la carrera por problemas de motor he forced the lid off le sacó la tapa a la fuerza to force a bill through Congress hacer* que se apruebe un proyecto de ley they forced their way in entraron por la fuerza 4.2 (break open) [door/lock] forzar* to force an entry entrar por la fuerza
  • 5 (produce with difficulty) he forced out a shaky laugh soltó una risita forzada he has to force the high notes tiene que forzar las notas altas it's forcing it to call him a genius calificarlo de genio es decir demasiado
  • 6 (speed up) [plant] acelerar el crecimiento de to force the pace forzar* la marcha

Phrasal verbs

force down

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
1.1 (oblige to land) [aircraft/pilot] obligar* a aterrizar 1.2 [food] tragar* (a duras penas) 1.3 [prices] hacer* bajar

force up

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
[prices] hacer* subir

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The LOE (Ley Orgánica de Educación) is a Spanish reform of 2006 which established four stages of pre-university education: non-compulsory educación infantil, from birth to six years; compulsory primary education, Primaria, from six to twelve; compulsory secondary education, ESO - Educación Secundaria Obligatoria, from twelve to sixteen; and either two years of Bachillerato, leading to university entrance, or two years of Formación Profesional Específica de Grado Medio, vocational training that can lead to Formación Profesional Específica de Grado Superior. The LOE superseded the LOGSE Ley Orgánica de Ordenación General del Sistema Educativo of 1990. The major change was a reduction in humanities subjects in the curriculum, while citizenship classes Educación para la Ciudadanía were introduced. The latter have been controversial in some quarters.