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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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