- to force or drive, especially to a course of action: His disregard of the rules compels us to dismiss him.
- to secure or bring about by force.
- to force to submit; subdue.
- to overpower.
- Archaic. to drive together; unite by force; herd.
- to use force.
- to have a powerful and irresistible effect, influence, etc.
Origin of compel
Synonyms for compelSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for compelurge, oblige, necessitate, impel, constrain, exact, enforce, bulldoze, make, drive, coerce, restrain, squeeze, hustle, dragoon, concuss, shotgun
Examples from the Web for compel
Contemporary Examples of compel
It is “an act of force to compel our enemy to do our will” by spilling blood, and lots of it.How Clausewitz Invented Modern War
James A. Warren
November 24, 2014
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
November 3, 2014
Which brings us to the images that compel our attention today.When a Picture Is Too Powerful
September 15, 2014
“The government cannot compel a nonbeliever to take an oath that affirms the existence of a supreme being,” Miller added.U.S. Air Force: Swear to God—or Get Out
September 8, 2014
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
July 22, 2014
Historical Examples of compel
Send an army into Attica, and compel the Athenians to withdraw their forces from Potidaea.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
Will you then ostracize the South and compel the abolition of slavery?Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
If he does not mind being whipped, there is nothing to compel him to work for his master.Freeland
No one shall ever compel me to paint a picture again with so much labour.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
These laws surround us and compel us; sometimes they wound us.Initiation into Philosophy
- to cause (someone) by force (to be or do something)
- to obtain by force; exactto compel obedience
- to overpower or subdue
- archaic to herd or drive together