compel - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlecompelling
past tensecompelled
past participlecompelled
  1. to force someone to do something, or to get something from someone using force
    compel someone to do something:

    The order compelled him to appear as a witness.

    feel compelled to do something:

    I feel compelled to write to thank you.