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English verb: compel

1. compel (social) force somebody to do something


SamplesWe compel all students to fill out this form.


ExamplesThey compel him to write the letter


Synonymsobligate, oblige


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)cause, get, have, induce, make, stimulate


Narrower (hyponym)apply, clamor, coerce, condemn, enforce, enforce, force, force, hale, implement, impose, pressure, shame, squeeze, thrust, walk


Causeact, move

2. compel (stative) necessitate or exact


SamplesThe water shortage compels conservation.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take









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