Definitions for compelkəmˈpɛl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compel, oblige, obligate(verb)

    force somebody to do something

    "We compel all students to fill out this form"

  2. compel(verb)

    necessitate or exact

    "the water shortage compels conservation"


  1. compel(Verb)

    To drive together, round up

    Sheep dogs masterly compel the herd.

  2. compel(Verb)

    To overpower; to subdue

  3. compel(Verb)

    To force, constrain or coerce

    Logic compels the wise, fools feel compelled by emotions instead

  4. compel(Verb)

    To exact, extort, (make) produce by force

  5. Origin: From compellen, from compellir, from compellere, itself from com- 'together' + pellere 'to drive'

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compel(verb)

    to drive or urge with force, or irresistibly; to force; to constrain; to oblige; to necessitate, either by physical or moral force

  2. Compel(verb)

    to take by force or violence; to seize; to exact; to extort

  3. Compel(verb)

    to force to yield; to overpower; to subjugate

  4. Compel(verb)

    to gather or unite in a crowd or company

  5. Compel(verb)

    to call forth; to summon

  6. Compel(verb)

    to make one yield or submit


  1. Compel

    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

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'compel' in Verbs Frequency: #990

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • заставям, принуждавам, насилвам, подчинявам, събирамBulgarian
  • nutitCzech
  • nötigen, zwingenGerman
  • αναγκάζωGreek
  • devigiEsperanto
  • obligar, compeler, forzarSpanish
  • [[periä]] [[väkisin]], pakottaa, ajaaFinnish
  • obligerFrench
  • ենթարկել, ստիպել, հարկադրել, պարտադրելArmenian
  • 강요하다Korean
  • afdwingen, bijeendrijven, samendrijven, bedwingen, dwingenDutch
  • tvingeNorwegian
  • forçarPortuguese
  • вынудить, принудить, обязывать, заставлять, подчинять, вынуждать, принуждать, собирать, заставить, обязатьRussian
  • tvingaSwedish

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