Definition of compell
1. compel [ v ] force or compel somebody to do something
Examples: "We compel all students to fill out this form"
(The New York Times,...)
`` As long as Mr._Khrushchev is convinced that the balance of world_power is shifting his way , no amount of either smiles or toughness , neither Camp_David talks nor kitchen debates , can compel him to enter fruitful negotiations '' .
("Week by Week"...)
Speaking recently in Miami , Governor_Rockefeller said that `` to assure the sufficiency of our own weapons in the face of the recent Soviet tests , we are now clearly compelled to conduct our own nuclear tests '' .
(Glenn Infield, "America's Secret Poison Gas Tragedy"...)
This country has not used them , and I hope that we never will be compelled to use them .
(Frank Murphy, "New Southern Fiction: Urban or Ag...)
Thus we are compelled to face the urbanization of the South - an urbanization which , despite its dramatic and overwhelming effects upon the Southern culture , has been utterly ignored by the bulk of Southern writers .Synonyms compel oblige obligate Related Terms induce coerce enforce enforce force walk condemn shame clamor compulsion act
2. compel [ v ] make someone do somethingUsed in print:
(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)
Professionally a lawyer , that_is_to_say associated with dignity , reserve , discipline , with much that is essentially middle-class , he is compelled by an impossible love to exhibit himself dressed_up , disguised - that_is , paradoxically , revealed - as a child , and , worse , as a whore masquerading as a child .
(Louis Zara, Dark Rider....)
Again Katie reared , and now , wickedly , he compelled her to bring her hooves down again_and_again upon the sprawled figure of the stranger .Synonyms require command compel Related Terms order forbid requisition charge requisition
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