Compel

Definition of Compel

Com`pel´
v. t.1.To drive or urge with force, or irresistibly; to force; to constrain; to oblige; to necessitate, either by physical or moral force.
[imp. & p. p. Compelled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Compelling.]
Wolsey . . . compelled the people to pay up the whole subsidy at once.
- Hallam.
And they compel one Simon . . . to bear his cross.
- Mark xv. 21.
2.To take by force or violence; to seize; to exact; to extort.
Commissions, which compel from each
The sixth part of his substance.
- Shak.
3.To force to yield; to overpower; to subjugate.
Easy sleep their weary limbs compelled.
- Dryden.
I compel all creatures to my will.
- Tennyson.
4.To gather or unite in a crowd or company.
5.To call forth; to summon.
She had this knight from far compelled.
- Spenser.
v. i.1.To make one yield or submit.

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