Pronunciation: (kō-ûrs'),[key] —v.t.,-erced, -erc•ing. 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 use of force or other forms of compulsion; exact: to coerce obedience. 3. to dominate or control, esp. by exploiting fear, anxiety, etc.: The state is based on successfully coercing the individual.