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"
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kom-pel′, v.t. to drive or urge on forcibly: to oblige: to force: to obtain by hard labour:—pr.p. compel′ling; pa.p. compelled′.—adj. Compel′lable. [L. com, inten., pellĕre, pulsum, to drive.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'compel' in Verbs Frequency: #990
The numerical value of compel in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of compel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
If he is sitting on the fence, his scores in the match-ups and his favorability ratings may compel him to say, 'Let's do this,'.
I would like to see companies make more investments in technologies for future profits, but I'm not in a position to compel them to do it.
What might compel [action], especially in this era of populism, is this broader sense of how much some folks are getting away with, lawfully or not.
If you want to be respected by others the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- заставям, принуждавам, насилвам, подчинявам, събирамBulgarian
- nötigen, zwingenGerman
- obligar, compeler, forzarSpanish
- [[periä]] [[väkisin]], pakottaa, ajaaFinnish
- ենթարկել, ստիպել, հարկադրել, պարտադրելArmenian
- afdwingen, bijeendrijven, samendrijven, bedwingen, dwingenDutch
- вынудить, принудить, обязывать, заставлять, подчинять, вынуждать, принуждать, собирать, заставить, обязатьRussian
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