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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 co·erce /koˈɝs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Co·erce v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coerced p. pr. & vb. n. Coercing.]
 1. To restrain by force, especially by law or authority; to repress; to curb.
    Punishments are manifold, that they may coerce this profligate sort.   --Ayliffe.
 2. To compel or constrain to any action; as, to coerce a man to vote for a certain candidate.
 3. To compel or enforce; as, to coerce obedience.
 Syn: -- To Coerce, Compel.
 Usage: To compel denotes to urge on by force which cannot be resisted. The term aplies equally to physical and moral force; as, compelled by hunger; compelled adverse circumstances; compelled by parental affection. Coerce had at first only the negative sense of checking or restraining by force; as, to coerce a bad man by punishments or a prisoner with fetters. It has now gained a positive sense., viz., that of driving a person into the performance of some act which is required of him by another; as, to coerce a man to sign a contract; to coerce obedience. In this sense (which is now the prevailing one), coerce differs but little from compel, and yet there is a distinction between them. Coercion is usually acomplished by indirect means, as threats and intimidation, physical force being more rarely employed in coercing.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v : to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical,
          moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a
          job in the city"; "He squeezed her for information" [syn:
           hale, squeeze, pressure, force]