Compel Com*pel", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Compelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Compelling}.] [L. compellere, compulsum, to drive together, to compel, urge; com- + pellere to drive: cf. OF. compellir. See {Pulse}.] 1. To drive or urge with force, or irresistibly; to force; to constrain; to oblige; to necessitate, either by physical or moral force. [1913 Webster]

Wolsey . . . compelled the people to pay up the whole subsidy at once. --Hallam. [1913 Webster]

And they compel one Simon . . . to bear his cross. --Mark xv. 21. [1913 Webster]

2. To take by force or violence; to seize; to exact; to extort. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Commissions, which compel from each The sixth part of his substance. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To force to yield; to overpower; to subjugate. [1913 Webster]

Easy sleep their weary limbs compelled. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

I compel all creatures to my will. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

4. To gather or unite in a crowd or company. [A Latinism] ``In one troop compelled.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. To call forth; to summon. [Obs.] --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

She had this knight from far compelled. --Spenser.

Syn: To force; constrain; oblige; necessitate; coerce. See {Coerce}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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