Definition of compel verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


; kəmˈpel
compelling, compelled (formal)
1 to force somebody to do something; to make something necessarycompel somebody to do something The law can compel fathers to make regular payments for their children.I feel compelled to write and tell you how much I enjoyed your book.compel something Last year ill health compelled his retirement.2 compel something (not used in the progressive tenses) to cause a particular reactionHe spoke with an authority that compelled the attention of the whole crowd. see also compulsion
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