To compel is to force someone do something or make something happen.verb
An example of compel is when you argue until someone agrees to give in.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
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transitive verb com·pelled, com·pel·ling, com·pels
- To force, drive, or constrain: Duty compelled the soldiers to volunteer for the mission.
- To necessitate or pressure by force; exact: An energy crisis compels fuel conservation. See Synonyms at force.
- To exert a strong, irresistible force on; sway: “The land, in a certain, very real way, compels the minds of the people” (Barry Lopez).
Origin: Middle English compellen, from Latin compellere : com-, com- + pellere, to drive; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.
- com·pelˈla·ble adjective
- com·pelˈla·bly adverb
- com·pelˈler noun