Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “compulsory”

See all translations

compulsory

adjective uk   /kəmˈpʌl.sər.i/ us    /-sɚ-/
B2 If something is compulsory, you must do it because of a rule or law: Swimming was compulsory at my school. The law made wearing seat belts in cars compulsory.
More examples
compulsorily
adverb uk   /-əl.i/ us  
Patients can now be compulsorily detained in hospital only under tightly drawn criteria.
(Definition of compulsory from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of compulsory?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “compulsory”

Definitions of “compulsory” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

thug

a man who acts violently, especially to commit a crime

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More