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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.