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- 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?
- 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.
- 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.