Definitions
compel Tweet Definition of compel Like Definition of compel on Facebook
verb (compels, compelling, compelled)
  1. 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?
      1. 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.
      1. 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.
Translations: 

    Supplemental Details:Sponsor an extended definition for compel for as little as $10 per month. Click here to contact us.

         
      

     Find:
      Words Starting With:
      Words Ending With:
      Words Containing:
      Words That Match:

     
     Translate Into:
      
    Dutch   French   German
      
    Italian   Spanish
        Show results per page.

    Browse the Dictionary
    A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

       
    Dictionary content provided from Wiktionary.org under the GNU Free Documentation License
    Allwords Copyright 1998-2022 All rights reserved.