Definitions for compelkəmˈpɛl
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word compel
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to force or drive, esp. to a course of action:
His unruliness compels us to dismiss him.
to secure or bring about by force or power:
to compel obedience.
Archaic. to drive together; unite by force; herd.
* Syn: compel , impel agree in the idea of forcing someone to be or do something. compel implies an external force; it may be a persuasive urging from another person or a constraining reason or circumstance: Bad health compelled him to resign. impel suggests an internal motivation deriving either from a moral constraint or personal feeling: Guilt impelled him to offer money.
Origin of compel:
1350–1400; < AF, OF compellir蠐 L compellere to crowd, force <com-+pellere to push, drive
compel, oblige, obligate(verb)
force somebody to do something
"We compel all students to fill out this form"
necessitate or exact
"the water shortage compels conservation"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to force sb to do sth
to feel compelled to tell him
To drive together, round up
Sheep dogs masterly compel the herd.
To overpower; to subdue
To force, constrain or coerce
Logic compels the wise, fools feel compelled by emotions instead
To exact, extort, (make) produce by force
Origin: From compellen, from compellir, from compellere, itself from com- 'together' + pellere 'to drive'
to drive or urge with force, or irresistibly; to force; to constrain; to oblige; to necessitate, either by physical or moral force
to take by force or violence; to seize; to exact; to extort
to force to yield; to overpower; to subjugate
to gather or unite in a crowd or company
to call forth; to summon
to make one yield or submit
To compel one to present information to a jury is done by order of a judge. If a judge believes the individual has information relevant to the cause, he can "force" that person to present that information or be subject to arrest for contempt of court.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'compel' in Verbs Frequency: #990
Translations for compel
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
They compelled me to betray my country.
- dwing, noodsaak, verpligAfrikaans
- يُجبر، يُرغمArabic
- obrigarPortuguese (BR)
- obligar, forzarSpanish
- مجبور کردنFarsi
- विवश करनाHindi
- prisiliti, iznuditiCroatian
- 억지로 하게하다Korean
- piespiest; pakļautLatvian
- مجبور کردنPersian
- مجبور ول، كار كولو ته اړول يا اړكولPashto
- a siliRomanian
- zorlamak, mecbur etmekTurkish
- 逼迫Chinese (Trad.)
- مجبور کرنا ،زبردستی کام لیناUrdu
- ép buộcVietnamese
- 强迫Chinese (Simp.)
Get even more translations for compel »
Find a translation for the compel definition in other languages:
Select another language: