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COMPEL (compelled, compelling)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does compel mean? 

COMPEL (verb)
  The verb COMPEL has 2 senses:

1. force or compel somebody to do something
2. make someone do something

  Familiarity information: COMPEL used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

COMPEL (verb)

Sense 1compel [BACK TO TOP]


Force or compel somebody to do something

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


compel; obligate; oblige

Context example:

We compel all students to fill out this form

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

cause; get; have; induce; make; stimulate (cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner)


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

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

apply; enforce; implement (ensure observance of laws and rules)

shame (compel through a sense of shame)

condemn (compel or force into a particular state or activity)

clamor (compel someone to do something by insistent clamoring)

coerce; force; hale; pressure; squeeze (to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :)

walk (make walk)

force; thrust (impose or thrust urgently, importunately, or inexorably)

enforce; impose (compel to behave in a certain way)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They compel him to write the letter

Sense 2compel [BACK TO TOP]


Make someone do something

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


command; compel; require

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

enjoin; order; say; tell (give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority)

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

burden; charge; saddle (impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to)

requisition (make a formal request for official services)

disallow; forbid; interdict; prohibit; proscribe; veto (command against)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

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