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Synonyms for compel
kəmˈpɛl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compel, oblige, obligate(verb)

    force somebody to do something

    "We compel all students to fill out this form"

    Synonyms:
    oblige, accommodate, bind, obligate, hold

  2. compel(verb)

    necessitate or exact

    "the water shortage compels conservation"

    Synonyms:
    oblige, obligate

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. compel

    To compel one to an act is to secure its performance by the use of irresistible physical or moral force. Force implies primarily an actual physical process, absolutely subduing all resistance. Coerce implies the actual or potential use of so much force as may be necessary to secure the surrender of the will; the American secessionists contended that the Federal government had no right to coerce a State. Constrain implies the yielding of judgment and will, and in some cases of inclination or affection, to an overmastering power; as, "the love of Christ constraineth us," 2 Cor. v, 14. Compare DRIVE; INFLUENCE.

    See synonyms for HINDER.

    Synonyms:
    coerce, constrain, drive, force, make, necessitate, oblige

    Preposition:
    The soldiers were compelled to desertion: preferably with the infinitive, compelled to desert.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. compel

    Synonyms:
    force, oblige, drive, constrain, necessitate, make, coerce, bind

    Antonyms:
    persuade, convince, coax, allure, egg, induce, tempt, seduce, acquit, cozen, liberate, release

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. compel(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    force, oblige, constrain, coerce, drive, necessitate

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. compel(v)

    Synonyms:
    force, make, constrain, oblige, necessitate, coerce, drive, dragoon, overpower

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "compel":

    oblige, coerce, force, require, obligate, impose, bind

How to pronounce compel?

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How to say compel in sign language?

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How to use compel in a sentence?

  1. Ashok Shah:

    They can probably stabilize the market, but it will be a political decision, as they will have to compel government, state agencies, banks, pension funds, insurance companies to buy, essentially the political decision is: to transfer the potential losses from private investors ... to the state in some manner.

  2. Sage Eastman:

    What might compel [action], especially in this era of populism, is this broader sense of how much some folks are getting away with, lawfully or not.

  3. Mitch McConnell:

    What White House could have done is to go to court to try to compel the attendance and White House officials didn't do that, white House officials didn't do White House officials. White House officials just blew right through White House officials and accused the president of doing something improper by simply invoking executive privilege which every President has done.

  4. John Hickenlooper:

    It would be hard for me -- and I am not saying I couldn't do it and I am not saying my patriotic duty may compel me to do it -- but my character, what activates me, motivates me is building teams and surrounding Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper with really talented people, taking big bites out of major challenges and then doing them.

  5. Mitt Romney:

    The courts are not going to say that you can compel a person running for office to release their tax returns.


Translations for compel

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  • تجبرArabic
  • заставям, принуждавам, насилвам, подчинявам, събирамBulgarian
  • nutitCzech
  • nötigen, zwingenGerman
  • αναγκάζωGreek
  • devigiEsperanto
  • obligar, compeler, forzarSpanish
  • [[periä]] [[väkisin]], pakottaa, ajaaFinnish
  • obligerFrench
  • ենթարկել, ստիպել, հարկադրել, պարտադրելArmenian
  • לאלץHebrew
  • 강요하다Korean
  • qui nolentes cogeretLatin
  • afdwingen, bijeendrijven, samendrijven, bedwingen, dwingenDutch
  • tvingeNorwegian
  • forçarPortuguese
  • вынудить, принудить, обязывать, заставлять, подчинять, вынуждать, принуждать, собирать, заставить, обязатьRussian
  • tvingaSwedish
  • บังคับThai
  • צווינגעןYiddish
  • 迫使Chinese

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