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English definition of “compel”

compel

verb [T]     /kəmˈpel/ (-ll-)
to force someone to do something: [+ to infinitive] As a schoolboy he was compelled to wear shorts even in winter.formal The new circumstances compelled a change in policy. → See also compulsionCausing somebody to actUrging and persuading formal to produce a strong feeling or reaction: Over the years her work has compelled universal admiration and trust.Causing things to happen
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