to make fruit, plants, et cetera grow or develop faster than normal by keeping them in special conditions:
forced rhubarb; (figurative) It is unwise to force a child’s talent.
Idiom(s) section. force somebody’s hand to make somebody do something that they do not want to do or make them do it sooner than they had intended force the issue to do something to make people take a decision quickly force the pace (especially British English) 1 to run very fast in a race in order to make the other people taking part run faster 2 to make somebody do something faster than they want to: The demonstrations have succeeded in forcing the pace of change. — more at THROAT
Phrasal verb(s) section. force something <-> back to make yourself hide an emotion: She swallowed hard and forced back her tears. force something <-> down 1 to make yourself eat or drink something that you do not really want 2 to make a plane, et cetera land, especially by threatening to attack it force somebody/something on/upon somebody to make somebody accept something that they do not want: to force your attentions/ opinions/company on somebody force something out of somebody to make somebody tell you something, especially by threatening them: I managed to force the truth out of him.