200 BM Daily Vocabulary #10 | compel


Today’s word is: Compel means: force, pressurize or oblige (someone) to do something


In this English vocabulary lesson, you will learn how to use the word ‘compel’. We are sure that this ESL lesson will help you to enhance your English vocabulary and speak English fluently and confidently.


To force and oblige is not always a wrong thing. To compel is to make someone do something forcefully which may be for a positive outcome (result). Sometimes people are compelled purely (mainly) for the sense of duty. For example, the plastic ban in Mumbai is to compel people to stop using plastic bags because they are harmful to the environment.


Compelling is not always directly forcing others to do any work or to follow any rules. Sometimes we make someone do something indirectly i.e. without forcing. Our own behavior can also compel people to take a certain action. For example- our good behavior compels others to respect us.


Example number 1 of 8: India recently introduced CSR law. This law will compel the companies to spend 2% of their profits on social development. This means that the companies have to spend 2% of their net profits on social development.


Example number 2 of 8: Sometimes, while managing a large crowd, the police have to use physical force to compel people to obey the law. This means that sometimes police have to force people to obey the rules.


Example number 3 of 8: The Supreme Court can force the criminal to appear in the court. Here you can understand that the Supreme Court can compel the criminal to appear in court.


Example number 4 of 8: As per law, no bank employee can compel you to provide confidential details such as ATM pins. They cannot force you to do so.


Example number 5 of 8: Every woman should know that a court cannot compel a wife to testify against her husband. It means that the court cannot force a lady to so.


Example number 6 of 8: Sam had to work extra in the office because his manager compelled him to do so. This means Sam’s manager forced him to work extra hours.


Example number 7 of 8: Many companies oblige their employees to hand over their mobile phone during office hours. This means that many companies compel employees to hand over their mobile phones.


Example number 8 of 8: Some authors write so well that it can compel the readers to keep on reading. It means that some authors, by their writing skills, can influence their readers to turn the pages (keep on reading).

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