Monday, 18 May 2009


I learned a new word yesterday!!!

Extracted from

  /kəmˈpɛl/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [kuhm-pel]
Show IPA verb, -pelled, -pel⋅ling.

–verb (used with object)
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.
–verb (used without object)
6. to use force.
7. to have a powerful and irresistible effect, influence, etc.

1350–1400; ME compellen (< AF) < L compellere to crowd, force, equiv. to com- com- + pellere to push, drive

Related forms:
com⋅pel⋅la⋅ble, adjective
com⋅pel⋅la⋅bly, adverb
com⋅pel⋅lent, adjective
com⋅pel⋅ler, noun
com⋅pel⋅ling⋅ly, adverb

1. constrain, oblige, coerce. Compel, impel agree in the idea of using physical or other force to cause something to be done. Compel means to constrain someone, in some way, to yield or to do what one wishes: to compel a recalcitrant debtor to pay; Fate compels us to face danger and trouble. Impel may mean literally to push forward, but is usually applied figuratively, meaning to provide a strong motive or incentive toward a certain end: Wind impels a ship. Curiosity impels me to ask. 3. overpower, bend. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2009.

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