• WordNet 3.6
    • v compel force somebody to do something "We compel all students to fill out this form"
    • v compel necessitate or exact "the water shortage compels conservation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Compel To call forth; to summon. "She had this knight from far compelled ."
    • Compel 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.""And they compel one Simon . . . to bear his cross."
    • Compel To force to yield; to overpower; to subjugate. "Easy sleep their weary limbs compelled .""I compel all creatures to my will."
    • Compel To gather or unite in a crowd or company. "In one troop compelled ."
    • v. i Compel To make one yield or submit. "If she can not entreat, I can compel ."
    • Compel To take by force or violence; to seize; to exact; to extort. "Commissions, which compel from each
      The sixth part of his substance."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • compel To drive or urge with force or irresistibly; constrain; oblige; coerce, by either physical or moral force: as, circumstances compel us to practise economy.
    • compel To subject; force to submit; subdue.
    • compel To take by force or violence; wrest; extort.
    • compel To drive together; unite by force; gather in a crowd or company; herd.
    • compel To overpower; overcome; control.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Compel kom-pel′ to drive or urge on forcibly: to oblige: to force: to obtain by hard labour
    • pr.p Compel compel′ling; pa.p. compelled′
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  • Anne Ridler
    Anne Ridler
    “And when our baby stirs and struggles to be born it compels humility: what we began is now its own.”
  • Voltaire
    “The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.”
  • Epictetus
    “It is your own convictions which compels you; that is, choice compels choice.”
  • Clara Barton
    Clara Barton
    “I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “Man becomes a slave to his constantly repeated acts. What he at first chooses, at last compels.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “A pessimist is one who has been compelled to live with an optimist.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. compellere, compulsum, to drive together, to compel, urge; com-, + pellere, to drive: cf. OF. compellir,. See Pulse


In literature:

This victory compelled the Dutch to sue for peace.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
So it is better not to remember its existence until you are compelled to do so.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
You, the authorities of the city, compelled me to lead them there, in enforcement of the claims of France.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
Sometimes the want of food was so great that they were compelled to eat the leather of their boots and furs.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
Long before noon they were compelled to desist.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
M. De La Barre was compelled to withdraw his troops.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
The proudest Governments in the world have been compelled to give their people guarantees.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
He compelled himself to wait until nine o'clock before he again appeared in Grosvenor Square.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
As all the men were obliged to perform guard duty, the women were compelled to remain alone in their houses.
"Stories Of Georgia" by Joel Chandler Harris
He lived a life in which the foresight that comes from experience was compelled to play a great part.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler

In poetry:

That he contrary to all law,
An oath did frame and make,
Compelling the militia
Th' illegal oath to take.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
But sacred truth the Muse compels
His errors to impart;
And yet the Muse reluctant tells
The fault of Eldred's heart.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
"Meek as she sits in meeting-time,
The godly minister
Notes well the spell that doth compel
The young men's eyes to her.
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The language, that records,
In flower-syllables,
The hieroglyphic words
Of beauty, who enspells
The world and aye compels.
"Wood-Words" by Madison Julius Cawein
Like love we don't know where or why,
Like love we can't compel or fly,
Like love we often weep,
Like love we seldom keep.
"Law, Like Love" by W H Auden
Compelled to answer to his name,
With stubbornness and pride
He cast, on God himself, the blame,
Nor once for mercy cried.
"Adam" by John Newton

In news:

Why this seems to be such a compelling construct is a bit beyond my ken.
Dickey—who spent four seasons with four different Major League Baseball teams and is MLB's only active knuckleballer—boasts a story compelling enough to be told forthwith.
The trial court incorrectly ruled that plaintiff union waived its right to compel arbitration of a labor issue because the union waited too long to file its complaint.
Aaron Aaronsohn is one of the most compelling figures in the history of Zionism.
' Line of Fire ' ending abrupt but compelling.
For some reason whenever Scarlett Johansson stars in a movie opposite another gorgeous actress, I feel compelled to compare their red carpet fashion - weird.
The current streetcar plan is a single-track, one-direction loop that would compel riders to travel from north to south and back again to get from one side of the loop to the other.
It's rare to see a young band like the Manchester, England, quartet WU LYF build so much hype so quickly, and to do so in such compelling fashion.
Due to a recent ruling by the Michigan Court of Appeals, many municipalities across the state feel compelled to revisit their medical marijuana Ordinances.
The stamps and covers we collect have compelling ways of telling history.
If that story doesn't sound compelling, that's because it's really not.
Now that rum has established its reputation as something more than just a good-time beverage, there are compelling reasons to look at the various regional styles available.
Paul Thomas Anderson's film brings his themes of self-love and self-hate to the forefront in compelling if unsettling fashion.
I heard Marlantes talk about this book, his first, and felt compelled to read it.
Living in the center of the free world means most residents are compelled to tune in and celebrate the event that is Election Night.

In science:

We will first briefly discuss the 1/N expansion in gauge theories , which is one of the most compelling arguments that support a connection with string theory (section 2).
Large N field theories from superstrings
The notably small residuals are compelling evidence that this model is likely to be correct.
Evidence for an outer disk in the Prototype `Compact Elliptical' Galaxy M32
We conclude by discussing small-worlds [118], a new class of social networks which present compelling opportunities for serendipitous recommendation.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
When applied to such activities, recommender systems which model such social connections among individuals are compelling and applicable to a variety of other important information-oriented tasks (including some studied in the field of ‘bibliometrics’ ) such as granting tenure to a faculty member of a university.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
The most significant and compelling contribution in this area is Klei nberg’s observation, through mining link structure, that the web is an affiliation network consisting of an authority mode and a hub mode.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research