compel Definition

  • 1force or oblige (someone) to do something
  • 2bring about (something) by the use of force or pressure

Using compel: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "compel" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The law compels employers to provide a safe working environment.

  • Example

    I felt compelled to tell the truth.

  • Example

    The evidence compelled a change in policy.

  • Example

    The circumstances compelled him to take action.

compel Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for compel

Antonyms for compel

Idioms Using compel

  • compel (one's) fate

    bring about one's inevitable destiny or outcome


    His reckless behavior compelled his fate, leading to his downfall.

  • compel (one's) presence

    make someone feel that they must be present


    Her charisma and charm compelled his presence at the party.

  • compel (one's) attention

    demand or attract someone's attention


    The shocking news compelled everyone's attention.

Phrases with compel

  • force someone to obey


    The teacher had to compel obedience from the unruly students.

  • attract attention and interest


    The stunning performance compelled attention from the audience.

  • earn respect through one's actions or qualities


    His dedication and hard work compelled respect from his colleagues.

Origins of compel

from Latin 'compellere', meaning 'to drive together'


Summary: compel in Brief

The verb 'compel' [kəmˈpel] means to force or oblige someone to do something, or bring about something by using force or pressure. It is often used in legal or authoritative contexts, such as 'The law compels employers to provide a safe working environment.' 'Compel' can also extend into phrases like 'compel obedience,' and idioms like 'compel (one's) fate,' denoting an inevitable destiny.