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 compelled
Creator Rod Serling was compelled by the need “not to just entertain but to enlighten.”
The fact that she was the author of a popular blog called The Blonde Vegan also compelled her to stick to the rigid lifestyle.Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Becomes an Obsession|DailyBurn|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Many were skilled artisans, but some were compelled into service as forced prison laborers.Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots of America's Greatest Superhero|Rich Goldstein|August 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What compelled you to write a book about paranoia and the national security state?The Author Of The Summer's Hit Paranoid Fantasy Opens Up|William O’Connor|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now, in a Q&A with The Daily Beast, Rosenbaum opens up about many of the issues that compelled him to pick up his pen again.Ron Rosenbaum on Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil|William O’Connor|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At a quarter past the hour she felt so poorly as to be compelled to retire to her room.'Farewell, Nikola'|Guy Boothby
Poor Jonas was compelled to obey, and being placed on shore, the boat again pulled away.Ben Burton|W. H. G. Kingston
And now, accompanying this mysterious Zanoni, am I compelled to bid a short farewell to Naples.Zanoni|Edward Bulwer Lytton
We did not know but we should be compelled to spend the rest of the day and the night there.The Maine Woods|Henry David Thoreau
I staggered to my feet, but felt so weak and giddy that I was compelled to fall back into a chair.
verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled (tr)
Word Origin 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.