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Definition of "compel" []

  • To force, drive, or constrain: Duty compelled the soldiers to volunteer for the mission. (verb-transitive)
  • To necessitate or pressure by force; exact: An energy crisis compels fuel conservation. See Synonyms at force. (verb-transitive)
  • To exert a strong, irresistible force on; sway: "The land, in a certain, very real way, compels the minds of the people” ( Barry Lopez). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "compel" in a sentence
  • "‘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.'"