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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Compel \Com*pel"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Compelling.] [L. compellere, compulsum, to drive together, to compel, urge; com- + pellere to drive: cf. OF. compellir. See Pulse.] 1. To drive or urge with force, or irresistibly; to force; to constrain; to oblige; to necessitate, either by physical or moral force. [1913 Webster] Wolsey . . . compelled the people to pay up the whole subsidy at once. --Hallam. [1913 Webster] And they compel one Simon . . . to bear his cross. --Mark xv. 21. [1913 Webster] 2. To take by force or violence; to seize; to exact; to extort. [R.] [1913 Webster] Commissions, which compel from each The sixth part of his substance. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To force to yield; to overpower; to subjugate. [1913 Webster] Easy sleep their weary limbs compelled. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] I compel all creatures to my will. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 4. To gather or unite in a crowd or company. [A Latinism] "In one troop compelled." --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 5. To call forth; to summon. [Obs.] --Chapman. [1913 Webster] She had this knight from far compelled. --Spenser. Syn: To force; constrain; oblige; necessitate; coerce. See Coerce. [1913 Webster]