verb (used with object), com·pelled, com·pel·ling.
verb (used without object), com·pelled, com·pel·ling.
Origin of compel
Examples from the Web for compel
It is “an act of force to compel our enemy to do our will” by spilling blood, and lots of it.
And the truth that language changes over time does not compel us to endorse any particular change.Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With|Nick Romeo|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Which brings us to the images that compel our attention today.
“The government cannot compel a nonbeliever to take an oath that affirms the existence of a supreme being,” Miller added.
Owen will have the power to compel the production of witnesses and documents from the British security and intelligence services.Brits Investigate Assassination of the Spy Who Warned Us About Putin|Nico Hines|July 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All she had to do was to say she would not go on with the wedding, and no power on earth should compel her.The Manxman|Hall Caine
Plato approves of war conducted so far, as to compel the aggressor to indemnify the injured and the innocent.The Rights of War and Peace|Hugo Grotius
It is supposed that the discomfort thus caused to them will compel them to grant the boon of rain.
But however much you may feel yourself too high, too beautiful, too superior for me, I can compel you to come down to my level.The Chouans|Honore de Balzac
If torments ever could bring forth despair, Let these compel him to it:—Oh me!The Plays of Philip Massinger|Philip Massinger
British Dictionary definitions for compel
verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled (tr)
Word Origin for compel
Word Origin and History for compel
mid-14c., from Old French compellir, from Latin compellere "to drive together, drive to one place" (of cattle), "to force or compel" (of persons), from com- "together" (see com-) + pellere "to drive" (see pulse (n.1)). Related: Compelled; compelling.