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km pel
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: compels, compelling, compelled
definition 1: to force or drive to some action or attitude; pressure.
The customer's violent behavior compelled the store manager to call the police.A terrible sense of guilt compelled him to confess.
coerce, constrain, force, impel, pressure, push, urge
similar words:
bend, conscript, drive, hustle, make, pin down, press, press, shove, strong-arm
definition 2: to make necessary; exact.
The food shortage compelled strict rationing.
exact, necessitate, require
similar words:
cause, demand, insist, make
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to affect or influence forcefully.
boss, press
similar words:
drive, hustle, push, shove
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adverb + (v.)compel emotionally, equally, last, legally, morally, nonetheless, oddly, strangely, sufficiently, visually
(v.)compel + adverb per
(v.)compel + nounHelp admiration, arbitration, attendance, cleanup, compliance, confession, disclosure, dragon, injunction, missionary, obedience, reader, self-incrimination, testimony, viewer, withdrawal, witness
derivations: compellable (adj.), compellably (adv.), compeller (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word compel contains the following parts:
com- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix com- attaches to Latin bases beginning with m, p, or b. It has multiple forms, as the 'm' sound in com- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms col-, con-, cor-, and co-. Note: com- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "commemorate " and "command ."
pel, puls Latin root that means drive, push