compel lent


verb (used with object), compelled, compelling.
to force or drive, especially to a course of action: His disregard of the rules compels us to dismiss him.
to secure or bring about by force.
to force to submit; subdue.
to overpower.
Archaic. to drive together; unite by force; herd.
verb (used without object), compelled, compelling.
to use force.
to have a powerful and irresistible effect, influence, etc.

1350–1400; Middle English compellen (< Anglo-French) < Latin compellere to crowd, force, equivalent to com- com- + pellere to push, drive

compellable, adjective
compellably, adverb
compellent, adjective
compeller, noun
compellingly, adverb
precompel, verb (used with object), precompelled, precompelling.
uncompellable, adjective
uncompelled, adjective

1. coerce, compel, constrain, force, oblige (see synonym study at oblige) ; 2. compel, impel (see synonym study at the current entry) ; 3. compelled, impelled.

1. constrain, oblige, coerce. Compel, impel agree in the idea of using physical or other force to cause something to be done. Compel means to constrain someone, in some way, to yield or to do what one wishes: to compel a recalcitrant debtor to pay; Fate compels us to face danger and trouble. Impel may mean literally to push forward, but is usually applied figuratively, meaning to provide a strong motive or incentive toward a certain end: Wind impels a ship. Curiosity impels me to ask. 3. overpower, bend. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
compel (kəmˈpɛl)
vb , -pels, -pelling, -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]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from O.Fr. compellir, from L. compellere "to drive together," from com- "together" + pellere "to drive." Related: Compelled (pp. adj., 1540s).
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