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force vb.1 (4 common 16th cent. sense; H5 II. Chor. 32* “ a play,” by some referred to FORCE vb.2, is possibly corrupt)
1. to press home, urge Meas. III. i. 108, H8 III. ii. 2 “If you will now unite in your complaints, And them with a constancy,” Cor. III. ii. 51, Compl. 157.
2. to reinforce Mac. V. v. 5.
3. to attach importance to, care for Lucr. 1021 “I not argument a straw” ; (hence) to hesitate “to” do something LLL. V. ii. 441 “Your oath once broke, you force not to forswear.”
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