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synonyms for compel

  • constrain
  • enforce
  • exact
  • impel
  • necessitate
  • oblige
  • urge
  • bulldoze
  • coerce
  • concuss
  • dragoon
  • drive
  • hustle
  • make
  • restrain
  • squeeze
  • crack down
  • make necessary
  • put the arm on
  • put the chill on
  • shotgun
  • throw weight around
  • turn on the heat
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antonyms for compel

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  • dissuade
  • discourage
  • halt
  • leave alone
  • stop
  • block
  • check
  • delay
  • deter
  • hinder
  • impede
  • obstruct
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How to use compel in a sentence

Finally, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who had instructed his organization not to play the national anthem before home games at the start of the season, was compelled by the league office to reverse course.
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That compelled the Lions to ensure there was a trade agreement in place by then.
LIONS AGREE TO TRADE MATTHEW STAFFORD TO RAMS FOR JARED GOFF, DRAFT PICKSMARK MASKEJANUARY 31, 2021WASHINGTON POST
So you end up with a system that everyone knows is flawed but feels compelled to use anyway.
TESTING WHETHER FAST KIDS MAKE FUTURE CHAMPIONSALEX HUTCHINSONJANUARY 29, 2021OUTSIDE ONLINE
There also was something that really compelled us about her withholding a memory from herself that was too chaotic for her admit to herself—and that finally flooding back to her in her final moments.
'DEATH IS A TURNING POINT': SEARCH PARTY'S CREATORS DISCUSS SEASON 4 AND THE SHOCKING FINALE TWISTANDREW R. CHOWJANUARY 28, 2021TIME
“The need to protect the honor of this body compelled me to proceed,” Bell said.
VIRGINIA SENATOR WHO CALLED U.S. CAPITOL RIOTERS ‘PATRIOTS’ IS CENSUREDGREGORY S. SCHNEIDERJANUARY 27, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Their surveillance economics compel them to extract data from our lives at a massive scale.
'WE NEED A FUNDAMENTAL RESET.' SHOSHANA ZUBOFF ON BUILDING AN INTERNET THAT LETS DEMOCRACY FLOURISHBILLY PERRIGOJANUARY 22, 2021TIME
Consequently, we feel compelled to, at first, convince ourselves that Principia or De revolutionibus were too much for most people—yet somehow the ideas stuck because they were so extraordinarily powerful.
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Such stories compelled Colm Atkins, a researcher at Rutgers University who learned about Miles4Migrants on social media, to donate his miles to the program in the fall.
HOW YOUR UNNEEDED TRAVEL REWARDS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCEHUGH BIGGARJANUARY 14, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Researchers and authorities have compiled ample evidence of Uyghurs being compelled to work the fields and in the factories powering these industries.
THE US IS INTENSIFYING ITS CRACKDOWN ON FORCED LABOR IN CHINA’S XINJIANG REGIONMARC BAINJANUARY 13, 2021QUARTZ
For anyone who feels compelled to touch before buying, virtual test-runs and try-ons represent the next best thing.
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WORDS RELATED TO COMPEL

  • change mind
  • compel
  • direct
  • mold
  • shape
  • subdue
  • submit
  • sway
  • yield
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.