Pronunciation: (kum-pel'), [key]
—v., -pelled, -pel•ling.
1. to force or drive, esp. to a course of action: His disregard of the rules compels us to dismiss him.
2. to secure or bring about by force.
3. to force to submit; subdue.
4. to overpower.
5. Archaic.to drive together; unite by force; herd.
1. to use force.
2. to have a powerful and irresistible effect, influence, etc.
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