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Verb

Infinitive
to compel

Third person singular
compels

Simple past
compelled

Past participle
-

Present participle
compelling

to compel (third-person singular simple present compels, present participle compelling, simple past and past participle compelled)
  1. To force, constrain or coerce.
    • 1600, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 1,
      Against my will,
      As Pompey was, am I compell'd to set
      Upon one battle all our liberties.
    • 1849, Charlotte Brontë, Shirley, ch. 27,
      Why are not the laws more stringent, that I might compel her to hear reason?
  2. To exact or produce by force.
    • 1912, L. Frank Baum, Sky Island, ch. 14,
      The Queen has nothing but the power to execute the laws, to adjust grievances and to compel order.
  3. To overpower; to subdue.
    • 1917, Upton Sinclair, King Coal, ch. 16,
      She had one of those perfect faces, which irresistibly compel the soul of a man.

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