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Pronunciation: /fɔːrs; fɔːs/

Translation of force in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable/no numerable 1.1 (strength, violence) fuerza (feminine) 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
    Example sentences
    • Subjectivity and conscious agency, then, are as potent as any physical force.
    • The power to hoist such weight is not all brute strength - though physical force is crucial.
    • There is a sponginess underfoot; a greater upward force to your movements.
    Example sentences
    • Either by force or by coercion, any sprouting counter-power will be neutralized.
    • At times, hunting parties encountered other camps of women, and they took them by force under threat of death.
    • Our whole trade is one of sufferance and compulsion, and by force alone can be maintained…
    1.2 (coercion) fuerza (feminine) 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 [literary/literario] por la fuerza de las armas
  • 2 2.1 c and u [Physics/Física] fuerza (feminine) the force of gravity la fuerza de (la) gravedad, la gravedad 2.2 countable/numerable (influential thing, person) fuerza (feminine) 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
    Example sentences
    • Whether the expansion of such influences is a force for good or evil depends on the character of any given nation.
    • I believe in fair play and have always endeavoured to be a force for good in politics.
    • Murdoch is well aware of the massive global power he wields as a force for liberty and the empowerment of the individual.
    Example sentences
    • This is analogous to the way in which electrons experience the weak force while photons do not.
    • It is worth emphasising that there is a major step to be made from an inverse square law of force to explain planetary motion and a universal law of gravitation.
    • In many ways, however, the weak force resembles the electromagnetic force.
  • 4 countable/numerable (group of people) fuerza (feminine) the (armed) forces las fuerzas armadas the (police) force la policía our sales force nuestro personal de ventas, nuestro equipo de vendedores
    Example sentences
    • In both cases, pro-US political forces brought down governments that were aligned with Moscow.
    • Now Ann Summers has a sales force of 7,500 party organisers and 120 shops in the UK.
    • It prevented student organization by enlisting a force of students to report on political activity.
  • 5 uncountable/no numerable (validity) fuerza (feminine) 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
    Example sentences
    • An art form that is both abstract and spiritual is a very powerful force - and in a sense transcends mere politics.
    • Addiction, which comes from the Latin to enslave, has a powerful rhetorical force in our culture.
    • Are we aware of evil's reality yet blind to its force and effects, unable to name and describe it?

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 (compel) to force sb to + infinitive/infinitivo obligar* or forzar* a algn a + infinitive/infinitivo 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

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 (oblige to land) [aircraft/pilot] obligar* a aterrizar 1.2 [food] tragar* ([ a duras penas ]) 1.3 [prices] hacer* bajar

force up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[prices] hacer* subir

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