Definition of forced in English:

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Pronunciation: /fôrst/


1Obtained or imposed by coercion or physical power: the brutal regime of forced labor
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  • But the Police Reform Act 2002 had added in the power to require the forced resignation of a chief constable.
  • We would probably not today know of police coercion, brutality, forced confessions and rigged trials.
  • The French set up a bureaucracy to administer the colony and collected taxes and requisitioned forced labor.
enforced, forcible, compulsory, obligatory, mandatory, involuntary, imposed, required, stipulated, dictated, ordained, prescribed
1.1(Of a gesture or expression) produced or maintained with effort; affected or unnatural: a forced smile
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  • There are some very forced and unnatural interpretations in this book.
  • The people you meet there are all the same too, and underneath the forced smiles and jaded handshakes you detect great reservoirs of boredom.
  • It took a second, and a forced effort, for everything to come back into focus.
1.2(Of a plant) having its development or maturity artificially hastened.
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  • After you enjoy your forced bulbs one year, plant them into your garden to bloom the following year.
  • Among the most commonly forced bulb flowers are amaryllis, paper-white narcissus, muscari and hyacinths.
  • It's also possible to buy professionally forced bulb flowers in the spring to add to your containers.


forced march

A fast march by soldiers, typically over a long distance.
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  • Young soldiers practiced field firing and went on six-kilometer double-time forced marches in full combat gear in mountainous terrain.
  • He's a wiry, medium-size man, with a spiky two-week growth of beard and the hollow-eyed stare of a soldier on a long forced march.
  • This was not a forced march of compliant soldiers doing their duty.

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