com|pel´ler

com|pel´ler
com|pel «kuhm PEHL», transitive verb, -pelled, -pel|ling.
1. to drive or urge with force; force: »

Rain compelled us to stop our ball game. Circumstances compel us to economize.

2. to bring about by force; command: »

A policeman can compel obedience to the law.

3. to drive or gather together by force.
4. Obsolete. to take or get by force.
[< Latin compellere to force; collect < com- together + pellere drive]
com|pel´la|ble, adjective.
com|pel´ler, noun.
Synonym Study 1 Compel, impel mean to force. Compel means force a person to do something one wants or to give in to something: »

It is impossible to compel a person to love his fellow men.

Impel means force to move forward, but is most often used figuratively to mean drive forward by strong desire or motive or emotion: »

His hunger impelled him to beg.


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