Skip to search.
Reference
Dictionary
Encyclopedia
Thesaurus
World Factbook

 
Search Dictionary:

Houghton Mifflin

com·pel  audio  (km-pl) KEY 

TRANSITIVE VERB:
com·pelled, com·pel·ling, com·pels
  1. To force, drive, or constrain: Duty compelled the soldiers to volunteer for the mission.
  2. To necessitate or pressure by force; exact: An energy crisis compels fuel conservation. See Synonyms at force.
  3. To exert a strong, irresistible force on; sway: "The land, in a certain, very real way, compels the minds of the people" (Barry Lopez).

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English compellen, from Latin compellere : com-, com- + pellere, to drive; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
com·pella·ble(Adjective), com·pella·bly(Adverb), com·peller(Noun)


Visit our partner's site
Provided by Houghton Mifflin
logoeReference -- Download this interactive reference software to your desktop computer