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From Middle English compellen, borrowed from Middle French compellir, from Latin compellere, itself from com- (together) + pellere (to drive). Displaced native Middle English fordriven ("to drive out, to lead to, to compel, to force"), from Old English fordrīfan. More at fordrive.


  • IPA(key): /kəmˈpɛl/
  • Rhymes: -ɛl
  • Hyphenation: com‧pel


compel (third-person singular simple present compels, present participle compelling, simple past and past participle compelled)

  1. (transitive, archaic, literally) To drive together, round up (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  2. (transitive) To overpower; to subdue.
  3. (transitive) To force, constrain or coerce.
    Logic compels the wise, while fools feel compelled by emotions.
    • 1600, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, act 5, scene 1,
      Against my will, / As Pompey was, am I compell’d to set / Upon one battle all our liberties.
    • 1827, Henry Hallam, The Constitutional History of England
      Wolsey [] compelled the people to pay up the whole subsidy at once.
  4. (transitive) To exact, extort, (make) produce by force.
  5. (obsolete) To force to yield; to overpower; to subjugate.
    • Easy sleep their weary limbs compell'd.
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, Geraint and Enid
      I compel all creatures to my will.
  6. (obsolete) To gather or unite in a crowd or company.
    • in one troop compell'd
  7. (obsolete) To call forth; to summon.
    • She had this knight from far compeld.
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  • compel in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • “compel” in Unabridged,, LLC, 1995–present.
  • Random House Webster’s Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.

  • to force.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)