American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To force, drive, or constrain: Duty compelled the soldiers to volunteer for the mission.
- v. To necessitate or pressure by force; exact: An energy crisis compels fuel conservation. See Synonyms at force.
- v. To exert a strong, irresistible force on; sway: "The land, in a certain, very real way, compels the minds of the people” ( Barry Lopez).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To drive or urge with force or irresistibly; constrain; oblige; coerce, by either physical or moral force: as, circumstances compel us to practise economy.
- To subject; force to submit; subdue.
- To take by force or violence; wrest; extort.
- To drive together; unite by force; gather in a crowd or company; herd.
- To overpower; overcome; control.
- v. transitive, archaic (literally) To drive together, round up
- v. transitive To overpower; to subdue
- v. transitive To force, constrain or coerce
- v. transitive To exact, extort, (make) produce by force
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To drive or urge with force, or irresistibly; to force; to constrain; to oblige; to necessitate, either by physical or moral force.
- v. rare To take by force or violence; to seize; to exact; to extort.
- v. To force to yield; to overpower; to subjugate.
- v. A Latinism To gather or unite in a crowd or company.
- v. obsolete To call forth; to summon.
- v. To make one yield or submit.
- v. force somebody to do something
- v. necessitate or exact
- From Middle English compellen, from Middle French compellir, from Latin compellere, itself from com- ("together") + pellere ("to drive"). Displaced native Middle English fordriven ("to drive out, to lead to, to compel, to force"). More at fordrive. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English compellen, from Latin compellere : com-, com- + pellere, to drive; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“‘Certainly,’ replied Traddles; ‘but, in the meanwhile, and until everything is done to our satisfaction, we shall maintain possession of these things; and beg you — in short, compel you — to keep to your own room, and hold no communication with anyone.’”
“Certainly,' replied Traddles; 'but, in the meanwhile, and until everything is done to our satisfaction, we shall maintain possession of these things; and beg you-in short, compel you-to keep to your own room, and hold no communication with anyone.”
“Certainly,' replied Traddles; 'but, in the meanwhile, and until everything is done to our satisfaction, we shall maintain possession of these things; and beg you - in short, compel you - to keep to your own room, and hold no communication with anyone.”
“That there is only one choice, his choice, and that he stood ready to "compel" - his word, not mine - people to follow Jesus.”
“From the tenor of Obama's recent words about Afghanistan, one would suppose he is doing the best he thinks possible now -- namely, getting out -- but at the speed his domestic opponents compel, that is, more slowly than he knows it would be right to do.”
“If your poverty of expression compel you to make any distinction between the two, we would certainly recommend your bestowing more admiration on his garden than his wine.”
“Nor will there ever be an administration in Washington ready to do diplomatically what none has ever dared do since 1947, namely compel Israel to make an equitable peace with the Arabs.”
“compelling: does the idea compel you to explore it further?”
“Stewart was able to "compel" Yoo to testify in the court of public opinion because Yoo needed the Daily Show to help sell his new book.”
“Spokesman: Pentagon could "compel" WikiLeaks to stop releasing documents.”
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Iâ€™m so wildly unprolific, the poems
I have not written would reach
from here to the California coast
if you laid them end to end.
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