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.

Wolsey . . . compelled the people to pay up the whole subsidy at once.

And they compel one Simon . . . to bear his cross.
Mark xv. 21.

2. To take by force or violence; to seize; to exact; to extort. [R.]

Commissions, which compel from each
The sixth part of his substance.

3. To force to yield; to overpower; to subjugate.

Easy sleep their weary limbs compelled.

I compel all creatures to my will.

4. To gather or unite in a crowd or company. [A Latinism] "In one troop compelled." Dryden.

5. To call forth; to summon. [Obs.] Chapman.

She had this knight from far compelled.

Syn. -- To force; constrain; oblige; necessitate; coerce. See Coerce.

Com*pel" (?), v. i. To make one yield or submit. "If she can not entreat, I can compel." Shak.