compel


compel
transitive verb (compelled; compelling) Etymology: Middle English compellen, from Anglo-French compeller, from Latin compellere, from com- + pellere to drive — more at felt Date: 14th century 1. to drive or urge forcefully or irresistibly <
hunger compelled him to eat
>
2. to cause to do or occur by overwhelming pressure <
public opinion compelled her to sign the bill
>
3. archaic to drive together Synonyms: see forcecompellable adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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