HyperDic: compel

English > 2 senses of the word compel:
VERBsocialcompel, oblige, obligateforce somebody to do something
stativecompelnecessitate or exact
compel > pronunciation
RhymesAix-la-Chapelle ... zinfandel / Zinfandel: 95 rhymes with ehl...
English > compel: 2 senses > verb 1, social
MeaningForce somebody to do something.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
ModelThey compel him to write the letter
Example"We compel all students to fill out this form"
Synonymsoblige, obligate
Cause toact, movePerform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
Narrowerclamorcompel someone to do something by insistent clamoring
coerce, hale, squeeze, pressure, forceTo cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means
condemncompel or force into a particular state or activity
enforce, implement, applyensure observance of laws and rules
enforce, impose, constraincompel to behave in a certain way
force, thrustimpose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
shamecompel through a sense of shame
walkmake walk
Broaderinduce, stimulate, cause, have, get, makeCause to do
Spanishcompeler, compelir, forzar, imponer, obligar
Catalancompel·lir, obligar
Nounscompulsionusing force to cause something to occur
English > compel: 2 senses > verb 2, stative
MeaningNecessitate or exact.
PatternSomething ----s something
Example"the water shortage compels conservation"
Broadernecessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demandrequire as useful, just, or proper

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