coerce

  • 1 Coerce — Co*erce , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Coerced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Coercing}.] [L. co[ e]rcere; co + arcere to shut up, to press together. See {Ark}.] 1. To restrain by force, especially by law or authority; to repress; to curb. Burke. [1913 Webster]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 coerce — co·erce /kō ərs/ vt co·erced, co·erc·ing: to subject (a person) to coercion compare importune, solicit Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 coerce — mid 15c., cohercen, from M.Fr. cohercer, from L. coercere to control, restrain, shut up together, from com together (see CO (Cf. co )) + arcere to enclose, confine, contain, ward off, from PIE *ark to hold, contain, guard (see ARCANE (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 coerce — compel, *force, constrain, oblige Analogous words: *intimidate, bulldoze, bully, browbeat, cow: *threaten, menace: drive, impel (see MOVE): terrorize (see FRIGHTEN) Contrasted words: *induce, persuade, prevail, get: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 coerce — [v] compel, press beset, browbeat, bulldoze*, bully, concuss, constrain, cow, dragoon, drive, force, high pressure*, hinder, impel, intimidate, lean on, make, make an offer they can’t refuse*, menace, oblige, pressurize, push, put the squeeze on* …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 coerce — ► VERB ▪ persuade (an unwilling person) to do something by using force or threats. DERIVATIVES coercion noun coercive adjective. ORIGIN Latin coercere restrain …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 coerce — [kō ʉrs′] vt. coerced, coercing [ME cohercen < OFr cohercier < L coercere, to surround, restrain < co , together + arcere, to confine: see EXERCISE] 1. to restrain or constrain by force, esp. by legal authority; curb 2. to force or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 coerce — v. 1) (D; tr.) to coerce into (to coerce smb. into doing smt.) 2) (H) (rare) he was coerced to sign * * * [kəʊ ɜːs] (H) (rare) he was coerced to sign (D; tr.) to coerce into (to coerce smb. into doing smt.) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 coerce — transitive verb (coerced; coercing) Etymology: Middle English cohercen, from Anglo French *cohercer Latin coercēre, from co + arcēre to shut up, enclose more at ark Date: 15th century 1. to restrain or dominate by force …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 coerce — [[t]koʊɜ͟ː(r)s[/t]] coerces, coercing, coerced VERB If you coerce someone into doing something, you make them do it, although they do not want to. [FORMAL] [V n into ing/n] Potter had argued that the government coerced him into pleading guilty …

    English dictionary

  • 11 coerce — UK [kəʊˈɜː(r)s] / US [koʊˈɜrs] verb [transitive] Word forms coerce : present tense I/you/we/they coerce he/she/it coerces present participle coercing past tense coerced past participle coerced to make someone do something by using force or… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 coerce — co•erce [[t]koʊˈɜrs[/t]] v. t. erced, erc•ing 1) to compel by force or intimidation: to coerce someone into signing a document[/ex] 2) to bring about through force; exact: to coerce obedience[/ex] 3) to dominate or control, esp. by exploiting… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 coerce — coercer, n. coercible, adj. /koh errs /, v.t., coerced, coercing. 1. to compel by force, intimidation, or authority, esp. without regard for individual desire or volition: They coerced him into signing the document. 2. to bring about through the… …

    Universalium

  • 14 coerce — verb Coerce is used with these nouns as the object: ↑confession, ↑testimony …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 coerce — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. compel, force, make. See compulsion. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To force] Syn. impel, compel, constrain, pressure; see force 1 , threaten 1 . 2. [To restrain] Syn. restrict, constrain, curb, control;… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 coerce — co|erce [kəuˈə:s US ˈkouə:rs] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: coercere, from co ( CO ) + arcere to enclose ] to force someone to do something they do not want to do by threatening them coerce sb into (doing) sth ▪ The rebels coerced the… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 coerce — [17] The underlying etymological meaning of coerce is ‘restraining’ or ‘confining’. It comes from the Latin compound verb coercēre ‘constrain’, which was formed from the prefix co ‘together’ and the verb arcēre ‘shut up, ward off’ (possibly a… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18 coerce — verb (T) to force someone to do something they do not want to do by threatening them: coerce sb into doing sth: The rebels coerced the villagers into hiding them from the army …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 coerce — /koʊˈɜs / (say koh ers) verb (t) (coerced, coercing) 1. to restrain or constrain by force, law, or authority; force or compel, as to do something. 2. to compel by forcible action: coerce obedience. {Latin coercēre hold together} –coercer, noun… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 coerce — [17] The underlying etymological meaning of coerce is ‘restraining’ or ‘confining’. It comes from the Latin compound verb coercēre ‘constrain’, which was formed from the prefix co ‘together’ and the verb arcēre ‘shut up, ward off’ (possibly a… …

    Word origins