Compel in Scrabble Dictionary

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Is compel a Scrabble word?

Yes. The word compel is a Scrabble US word. The word compel is worth 12 points in Scrabble:

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Is compel a Scrabble UK word?

Yes. The word compel is a Scrabble UK word and has 12 points:

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Is compel a Words With Friends word?

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Definitions and meaning of compel

compel

Etymology

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.

Pronunciation

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

Verb

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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Hallam and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Easy sleep their weary limbs compelled.
    • (Can we date this quote by Tennyson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      I compel all creatures to my will.
  6. (obsolete) To gather or unite in a crowd or company.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      in one troop compelled
  7. (obsolete) To call forth; to summon.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      She had this knight from far compelled.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chapman to this entry?)

Derived terms

Related terms

  • compulsion

Translations

References

  • compel in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • “compel” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
  • Random House Webster’s Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.

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