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English verb: coerce

1. coerce (social) to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :


SamplesShe forced him to take a job in the city.
He squeezed her for information.


ExamplesThey coerce him to write the letter


Synonymsforce, hale, pressure, squeeze


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something


Broader (hypernym)compel, obligate, oblige


Narrower (hyponym)bludgeon, bring oneself, dragoon, drive, railroad, sandbag, squeeze for, steamroll, steamroller, terrorise, terrorize, turn up the heat, turn up the pressure


Causeact, move









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