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com·pel

 (kəm-pĕl′)
tr.v. com·pelled, com·pel·ling, com·pels
1. To force (a person) to do something; drive or constrain: The court compelled the company to pay full restitution. My conscience compels me to speak out. See Synonyms at force.
2. To necessitate or require, as by force of circumstance; demand: Growing riots compelled the evacuation of the embassy.
3. To exert a strong, irresistible force on; sway: "The land, in a certain, very real way, compels the minds of the people" (Barry Lopez).

[Middle English compellen, from Latin compellere : com-, com- + pellere, to drive; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

com·pel′la·ble adj.
com·pel′la·bly adv.
com·pel′ler n.

compel

(kəmˈpɛl)
vb (tr) , -pels, -pelling or -pelled
1. to cause (someone) by force (to be or do something)
2. to obtain by force; exact: to compel obedience.
3. to overpower or subdue
4. archaic to herd or drive together
[C14: from Latin compellere to drive together, from com- together + pellere to drive]
comˈpellable adj
comˈpellably adv
comˈpeller n

com•pel

(kəmˈpɛl)

v.t. -pelled, -pel•ling.
1. to force or drive, esp. to a course of action: His unruliness compels us to dismiss him.
2. to secure or bring about by force or power: to compel obedience.
3. Archaic. to drive together; unite by force; herd.
[1350–1400; < Anglo-French, Old French compellir « Latin compellere to crowd, force <com- + pellere to push, drive]
com•pel′la•ble, adj.
com•pel′la•bly, adv.
com•pel′ler, n.
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.

compel


Past participle: compelled
Gerund: compelling

Imperative
compel
compel
Present
I compel
you compel
he/she/it compels
we compel
you compel
they compel
Preterite
I compelled
you compelled
he/she/it compelled
we compelled
you compelled
they compelled
Present Continuous
I am compelling
you are compelling
he/she/it is compelling
we are compelling
you are compelling
they are compelling
Present Perfect
I have compelled
you have compelled
he/she/it has compelled
we have compelled
you have compelled
they have compelled
Past Continuous
I was compelling
you were compelling
he/she/it was compelling
we were compelling
you were compelling
they were compelling
Past Perfect
I had compelled
you had compelled
he/she/it had compelled
we had compelled
you had compelled
they had compelled
Future
I will compel
you will compel
he/she/it will compel
we will compel
you will compel
they will compel
Future Perfect
I will have compelled
you will have compelled
he/she/it will have compelled
we will have compelled
you will have compelled
they will have compelled
Future Continuous
I will be compelling
you will be compelling
he/she/it will be compelling
we will be compelling
you will be compelling
they will be compelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been compelling
you have been compelling
he/she/it has been compelling
we have been compelling
you have been compelling
they have been compelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been compelling
you will have been compelling
he/she/it will have been compelling
we will have been compelling
you will have been compelling
they will have been compelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been compelling
you had been compelling
he/she/it had been compelling
we had been compelling
you had been compelling
they had been compelling
Conditional
I would compel
you would compel
he/she/it would compel
we would compel
you would compel
they would compel
Past Conditional
I would have compelled
you would have compelled
he/she/it would have compelled
we would have compelled
you would have compelled
they would have compelled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.compel - force somebody to do something; "We compel all students to fill out this form"
force, thrust - impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably; "She forced her diet fads on him"
cause, induce, stimulate, make, get, have - cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa"
walk - make walk; "He walks the horse up the mountain"; "Walk the dog twice a day"
coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze - to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"; "He squeezed her for information"
clamor - compel someone to do something by insistent clamoring; "They clamored the mayor into building a new park"
condemn - compel or force into a particular state or activity; "His devotion to his sick wife condemned him to a lonely existence"
shame - compel through a sense of shame; "She shamed him into making amends"
enforce, implement, apply - ensure observance of laws and rules; "Apply the rules to everyone";
impose, enforce - compel to behave in a certain way; "Social relations impose courtesy"
2.compel - necessitate or exact; "the water shortage compels conservation"
necessitate, need, require, call for, demand, postulate, involve, ask, take - require as useful, just, or proper; "It takes nerve to do what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"

compel

verb force, make, urge, enforce, railroad (informal), drive, oblige, constrain, hustle (slang), necessitate, coerce, bulldoze (informal), impel, dragoon the introduction of legislation to compel cyclists to wear a helmet

compel

verb
To cause (a person or thing) to act or move in spite of resistance:
Translations
يُجبر، يُرغم
nutit
tvinge
ajaapakottaa
neyîa
piespiest
siliti
mecbur etmekzorlamak

compel

[kəmˈpel] VT
1. (= oblige) → obligar
to compel sb to do sthobligar a algn a hacer algo, compeler a algn a hacer algo (frm)
I feel compelled to say thatme veo obligado a decir que ...
2. (= command) [+ respect, obedience] → imponer; [+ admiration] → ganarse

compel

[kəmˈpɛl] vt (= force) → contraindre, obliger
to compel sb to do sth → contraindre qn à faire qch, obliger qn à faire qch
to feel compelled to do sth → se sentir obligé(e) de faire qch

compel

vt
(= force)zwingen; I feel compelled to tell you …ich sehe mich (dazu) gezwungen or veranlasst, Ihnen mitzuteilen, …
admiration, respectabnötigen (from sb jdm); obedienceerzwingen (from sb von jdm)

compel

[kəmˈpɛl] vt
a. (force) to compel sb (to do sth)forzare qn (a fare qc), costringere or obbligare qn (a fare qc)
b. (demand, obedience) → esigere; (respect) → incutere

compel

(kəmˈpel) past tense past participle comˈpelled verb
to force. They compelled me to betray my country.
References in classic literature ?
What can thy silence do for him, except it tempt him -- yea, compel him, as it were -- to add hypocrisy to sin?
I knew all this would happen; I knew that ultimately the pressure would become so great that it would compel utterance; therefore, I must be ready with an answer at that time -- an answer well chosen and tran- quilizing.
My thoughts would compel utter- ance; and there, with no audience but the Almighty, I would pour out my soul's complaint, in my rude way, with an apostrophe to the moving multitude of ships:--
I should not settle tamely down into being the forbearing party; I should assign you your share of labour, and compel you to accomplish it, or else it should be left undone: I should insist, also, on your keeping some of those drawling, half-insincere complaints hushed in your own breast.
Come here now, Nelly: I must either persuade or compel you to aid me in fulfilling my determination to see Catherine, and that without delay.
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.
propounded terms Of composition, strait they chang'd thir minds, Flew off, and into strange vagaries fell, As they would dance, yet for a dance they seemd Somwhat extravagant and wilde, perhaps For joy of offerd peace: but I suppose If our proposals once again were heard We should compel them to a quick result.
Actions not in themselves virtuous often appear so when performed at hours that compel early rising, and some of the candidates for the Cambridge Local, who would not have sacrificed the afternoon to amusement, at once fell in with her suggestion.
At length the Caliph could contain his curiosity no longer, and declared that he would compel the ladies to tell them the meaning of their strange conduct.
It would compel the rebuild- ing of the switchboards and the invention of new signal systems.
At this the innkeeper waxed very wroth, and threatened if he did not pay to compel him in a way that he would not like.
The violent destruction of life and property incident to war, the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached to liberty to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights.