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compel

com·pel

compel

 
 
pronunciation:
km pel
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: compelled, compelling, compels
definition 1: to force or drive to some action or attitude; pressure.
The student's violent behavior compelled the principal to call the police.
synonyms:
coerce, constrain, force, impel, pressure, push, urge
similar words:
bend, conscript, drive, hustle, make, pin down, press, press, shove, strong-arm
definition 2: to make necessary; exact.
The food shortage compelled strict rationing.
synonyms:
exact, necessitate, require
similar words:
cause, demand, insist, make
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to affect or influence forcefully.
synonyms:
boss, press
similar words:
drive, hustle, push, shove
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derivations: compellable (adj.), compellably (adv.), compeller (n.)
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