- IPA: /kəmˈpɛl/
compel (compels, present participle compelling; past and past participle compelled)
- (transitive, archaic, literally) To drive together, round up
- (transitive) To overpower; to subdue.
- (transitive) To force, constrain or coerce.
- Logic compels the wise, while fools feel compelled by emotions.
- 1600, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, act 5, scene 1,
- Against my will, / As Pompey was, am I compell’d to set / Upon one battle all our liberties.
- Wolsey […] compelled the people to pay up the whole subsidy at once.
- (transitive) To exact, extort, (make) produce by force.
- 1613, William Shakespeare; [John Fletcher], “The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
- Commissions, which compel from each / The sixth part of his substance.
- (obsolete) To force to yield; to overpower; to subjugate.
- Easy sleep their weary limbs compelled.
- ?, Alfred Tennyson, Geraint and Enid
- I compel all creatures to my will.
- (obsolete) To gather or unite in a crowd or company.
- in one troop compelled
- (obsolete) To call forth; to summon.
- She had this knight from far compelled.
- Russian: собира́ть
- German: zwingen
- Russian: подчинять
- German: zwingen, nötigen
- Italian: forzare, costringere, obbligare
- Portuguese: forçar, obrigar
- Russian: заставля́ть
- Spanish: obligar, forzar, compeler