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Meaning of COMPEL

Pronunciation:  kum'pel

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make someone do something
  2. [v]  force or compel somebody to do something; "We compel all students to fill out this form"

COMPEL is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: command, obligate, oblige, require
 See Also: act, apply, burden, cause, charge, clamor, coerce, condemn, disallow, enforce, enjoin, forbid, force, get, hale, have, implement, induce, interdict, make, move, order, pressure, prohibit, proscribe, requisition, saddle, say, shame, stimulate, tell, thrust, veto, walk



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Com*pel"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Compelled}; p. pr. & vb.
    n {Compelling}.] [L. compellere, compulsum, to drive
    together, to compel, urge; com- + pellere to drive: cf. OF.
    compellir. See {Pulse}.]
    1. To drive or urge with force, or irresistibly; to force; to
       constrain; to oblige; to necessitate, either by physical
       or moral force.
             Wolsey . . . compelled the people to pay up the
             whole subsidy at once.                --Hallam.
             And they compel one Simon . . . to bear his cross.
                                                   --Mark xv. 21.
    2. To take by force or violence; to seize; to exact; to
       extort. [R.]
             Commissions, which compel from each The sixth part
             of his substance.                     --Shak.
    3. To force to yield; to overpower; to subjugate.
             Easy sleep their weary limbs compelled. --Dryden.
             I compel all creatures to my will.    --Tennyson.
    4. To gather or unite in a crowd or company. [A Latinism]
       ``In one troop compelled.'' --Dryden.
    5. To call forth; to summon. [Obs.] --Chapman.
             She had this knight from far compelled. --Spenser.
    Syn: To force; constrain; oblige; necessitate; coerce. See
  2. \Com*pel"\, v. i.
    To make one yield or submit. ``If she can not entreat, I can
    compel.'' --Shak.
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