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.
adj 1: driving or forcing; "compelling ambition"
2: tending to persuade by forcefulness of argument; "new and
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]