What does the word compel mean?

Usage examples for compel

  1. But it must be remembered that the world had not yet reached the point where the losers in a war were gently treated, and that no amount of financial obligation will ever compel to the acceptance of political servitude. – The Siege of Boston by Allen French
  2. Lawson said he would make it his business to see George the following evening, to tell him quite frankly what he knew, and, in short, to compel him, if necessary, to do what was right. – A Girl in Ten Thousand by L. T. Meade
  3. He must compel her to feel- he must give that indifference the lie- and at once! – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips