What does compel mean?

Definitions for compel
kəmˈpɛlcom·pel

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word compel.

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"

Wiktionary

  1. compel(Verb)

    To drive together, round up

    Sheep dogs masterly compel the herd.

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

  2. compel(Verb)

    To overpower; to subdue

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

  3. compel(Verb)

    To force, constrain or coerce

    Logic compels the wise, fools feel compelled by emotions instead

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

  4. compel(Verb)

    To exact, extort, (make) produce by force

    Etymology: 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

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Compel

    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

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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How to say compel in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of compel in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of compel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of compel in a Sentence

  1. Tim Malloy:

    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,'.

  2. State John Sullivan:

    We invite others to join the international effort to demand and compel an immediate end to China's horrific campaign of repression, history will judge the international community for how we respond to this attack on human rights and fundamental freedoms.

  3. John Hickenlooper:

    It would be hard for me -- and I am not saying I couldn't do it and I am not saying my patriotic duty may compel me to do it -- but my character, what activates me, motivates me is building teams and surrounding John Hickenlooper with really talented people, taking big bites out of major challenges and then doing them.

  4. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    Now we also face the possibility of a diplomatic offensive, an attempt to compel us by means of U.N. decisions to withdraw to the 1967 lines within two years. This will lead Islamic extremists to the outskirts of Tel Aviv and the heart of Jerusalem.

  5. Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya:

    We should not see it as something that will damage the old taxi industry, but merely to offer better services and compel them to modernise and innovate.

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Translations for compel

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

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