verb (compels, compelling, compelled)
- To force, constrain or coerce.
- 1600, w:William_Shakespeare, 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, w:Charlotte_Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Shirley, ch. 27,
- :Why are not the laws more stringent, that I might her to hear reason?
- To exact or produce by force.
- 1912, w:L._Frank_Baum, L. Frank Baum, Sky Island, ch. 14,
- :The Queen has nothing but the power to execute the laws, to adjust grievances and to order.
- To overpower; to subdue.
- 1917, w:Upton_Sinclair, Upton Sinclair, King Coal, ch. 16,
- :She had one of those perfect faces, which irresistibly the soul of a man.
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