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 Dictionary entry overview: What does coerce mean? 

COERCE (verb)
  The verb COERCE has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: COERCE used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

COERCE (verb)

Sense 1coerce [BACK TO TOP]


To cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


coerce; force; hale; pressure; squeeze

Context examples:

She forced him to take a job in the city / He squeezed her for information

Hypernyms (to "coerce" is one way to...):

compel; obligate; oblige (force or compel somebody to do something)


act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "coerce"):

turn up the heat; turn up the pressure (apply great or increased pressure)

drive (to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly)

bludgeon (overcome or coerce as if by using a heavy club)

steamroll; steamroller (bring to a specified state by overwhelming force or pressure)

squeeze for (squeeze someone for money, information, etc.)

dragoon; railroad; sandbag (compel by coercion, threats, or crude means)

terrorise; terrorize (coerce by violence or with threats)

bring oneself (cause to undertake a certain action, usually used in the negative)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something

Sentence example:

They coerce him to write the letter

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