1 force or compel somebody to do something; "We compel all students to fill out this form" [syn: oblige, obligate]
- /kəmˈpɛl/, /k@m"pEl/
- To force, constrain or coerce.
- 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.
- 1912, L. Frank Baum, Sky Island, ch. 14,
- To overpower; to
- 1917, Upton
Sinclair, King Coal, ch. 16,
- She had one of those perfect faces, which irresistibly compel the soul of a man.
- 1917, Upton Sinclair, King Coal, ch. 16,
To force, constrain or coerce
* Spanish: obligar, [forzar]]
To exact by force
- German: zwingen
Translations to be checked
- Webster 1913
- Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.
To compel one to present information to a jury is done by order of a judge. If a judge believes the individual has information relevant to the cause, he can "force" that person to present that information or be subject to arrest for contempt of court.
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