compel


compel
verb
1)

he compelled them to leave their land

Syn:
force, pressure, press, push, urge; dragoon, browbeat, bully, intimidate, strong-arm; oblige, require, make; informal lean on, put the screws on
2)

they can compel compliance

Syn:
exact, extort, demand, insist on, force, necessitate
••
compel, coerce, constrain, force, necessitate, oblige
A parent faced with a rebellious teenager may try to compel him to do his homework by threatening to take away his allowance. Compel commonly implies the exercise of authority, the exertion of great effort, or the impossibility of doing anything else (compelled to graduate from high school by her eagerness to leave home). It typically requires a personal object, although it is possible to compel a reaction or response (she compels admiration). Force is a little stronger, suggesting the exertion of power, energy, or physical strength to accomplish something or to subdue resistance (his mother forced him to confess that he'd broken the basement window). Coerce can imply the use of force, but often stops short of using it (she was coerced into obedience by the threat of losing her telephone privileges). Constrain means compel, but by means of restriction, confinement, or limitation (constrained from dating by his parents' strictness). Necessitate and oblige make an action necessary by imposing certain conditions that demand a response (Her mother's illness obliged her to be more cooperative; it also necessitated giving up her social life).

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  • compel — com·pel /kəm pel/ vt com·pelled, com·pel·ling: to cause to do or occur by overwhelming pressure and esp. by authority or law cannot compel the defendant to testify the result...is compelled by, the original understanding of the fourteenth… …   Law dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Compel — Com*pel , v. i. To make one yield or submit. If she can not entreat, I can compel. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compel — mid 14c., from O.Fr. compellir, from L. compellere to drive together, drive to one place (of cattle), to force or compel (of persons), from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + pellere to drive (see PULSE (Cf. pulse) (1)). Related: Compelled …   Etymology dictionary

  • compel — *force, coerce, constrain, oblige Analogous words: impel, drive, *move: *command, order, enjoin Contrasted words: prevail, *induce, persuade, get: *coax, cajole, wheedle, blandish …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • compel — [v] force to act bulldoze*, coerce, concuss, constrain, crack down, dragoon, drive, enforce, exact, hustle, impel, make, make necessary, necessitate, oblige, put the arm on*, put the chill on*, restrain, shotgun*, squeeze, throw weight around*,… …   New thesaurus

  • compel — ► VERB (compelled, compelling) 1) force or oblige to do something. 2) bring about by force or pressure. ORIGIN Latin compellere, from pellere drive …   English terms dictionary

  • compel — [kəm pel′] vt. compelled, compelling [ME compellen < OFr compellir < L compellere < com , together + pellere, to drive: see FELT1] 1. to force or constrain, as to do something 2. to get or bring about by force 3. Archaic to gather or… …   English World dictionary

  • compel — 01. The single mother was [compelled] to take on a second part time job in order to feed her family. 02. The government has introduced legislation to [compel] public buildings to spend a certain amount of their budget on art. 03. I felt… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • Compel — To compel one to present information to a jury is done by order of a judge. If a judge believes the individual has information relevant to the cause, he can force that person to present that information or be subject to arrest for contempt of… …   Wikipedia