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compel
American English: /kəmˈpɛl/
British English: /kəmˈpɛl/

Translation of compel in Spanish:

transitive verb -ll-

  • 1.1 (force) See examples:to compel somebody to + infinitive
    obligar or forzar or [formal] compeler a alguien a + infinitive
    she was compelled to pawn her watch
    se vio obligada a empeñar su reloj
    I feel compelled to warn you that …
    me veo obligado a or en la obligación de advertirle que …
    Example sentences
    • He could leave for Philadelphia with his new bride as planned, but duty compels him to stay and meet his fate.
    • Blood binds us, duty compels us to serve the Throne, to give up our lives if need be to protect those upon the Throne and those destined by fate to ascend to it when the time comes.
    • Duty and honor compel him to return to face his foe despite the vehement protestations of Amy, a Quaker.
    1.2 (command) [formal]
    (obedience/respect)
    it compels our admiration
    no podemos menos que admirarlo
    a character who compels our attention
    un personaje que llama poderosamente la atención
    Example sentences
    • On two occasions the applicant was forced to bring motions to compel payment.
    • The defendant brought a motion to compel the attendance of the plaintiff at an examination for discovery.
    • Crucially he or she will have statutory powers to both summon witnesses and compel evidence.

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