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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 com·pel /kəmˈpɛl/
 (vt.)推動,強迫,脅迫,迫使

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Com·pel v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compelled p. pr. & vb. n. Compelling.]
 1. To drive or urge with force, or irresistibly; to force; to constrain; to oblige; to necessitate, either by physical or moral force.
    Wolsey . . . compelled the people to pay up the whole subsidy at once.   --Hallam.
    And they compel one Simon . . . to bear his cross.   --Mark xv. 21.
 2. To take by force or violence; to seize; to exact; to extort. [R.]
 Commissions, which compel from each
 The sixth part of his substance.   --Shak.
 3. To force to yield; to overpower; to subjugate.
    Easy sleep their weary limbs compelled.   --Dryden.
    I compel all creatures to my will.   --Tennyson.
 4. To gather or unite in a crowd or company. [A Latinism] “In one troop compelled.”
 5. To call forth; to summon. [Obs.]
    She had this knight from far compelled.   --Spenser.
 Syn: -- To force; constrain; oblige; necessitate; coerce. See Coerce.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Com·pel v. i. To make one yield or submit. “If she can not entreat, I can compel.”
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 compel
      v 1: force or compel somebody to do something; "We compel all
           students to fill out this form" [syn: oblige, obligate]
      2: make someone do something [syn: command, require]
      [also: compelling, compelled]