Unit One Chapter 1: Taking Exams
Vocabulary in Context

Click on the meaning closest to that of the boldfaced word. Use the context of the sentences to help you figure out the word’s meaning.
Question 1. compel  (kəm-pĕl) -verb
  • My history teacher would often compel us to do useless work, such as memorizing the date each state entered the union.
  • If the law did not compel people to pay taxes, no one would pay them.
Police compelling Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to answer their questions (1958)
Charles Moore, Associated Press via Wikimedia Commons
Compel means
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