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Definitions and Synonyms of compel | Another word for compel | What is compel?

Samples where compel or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We compel all students to fill out this form

Synonyms for compel in the sense of this definition

(compel is a kind of ...) cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

"The ads induced me to buy a VCR" "My children finally got me to buy a computer" "My wife made me buy a new sofa"

(... is a kind of compel ) impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably

"She forced her diet fads on him"

(... is a kind of compel ) ensure observance of laws and rules

"Apply the rules to everyone"

(... is a kind of compel ) compel through a sense of shame

"She shamed him into making amends"

(... is a kind of compel ) compel or force into a particular state or activity

"His devotion to his sick wife condemned him to a lonely existence"

(... is a kind of compel ) compel someone to do something by insistent clamoring

"They clamored the mayor into building a new park"

(... is a kind of compel ) to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means

"She forced him to take a job in the city" "He squeezed her for information"

(... is a kind of compel ) make walk

"He walks the horse up the mountain" "Walk the dog twice a day"

(... is a kind of compel ) compel to behave in a certain way

"Social relations impose courtesy" "duty constrains one to act often contrary to one's desires or inclinations"

(compel causes ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

Definition 2: necessitate or exact - [verb of stative]

Samples where compel or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the water shortage compels conservation

(compel is a kind of ...) require as useful, just, or proper

"It takes nerve to do what she did" "success usually requires hard work" "This job asks a lot of patience and skill" "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice" "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert" "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"

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