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1. To drive or urge with force, or irresistibly to constrain to oblige to necessitate, either by physical or moral force.

Thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bound servant. Levit. 25.

And they compel one Simon--to bear his cross. Mark 15 .

Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. Luke 14 .

Circumstances compel us to practice economy.

2. To force to take by force, or violence to seize.

The subjects grief comes through commissions, which compel from each a sixth part of his substance.

3. To drive together to gather to unite in a crowd or company. A Latinism, compellere gregem.

In one troop compelled.

4. To seize to overpower to hold.

And easy sleep their weary limbs compelled.

5. To call forth, L. compeller.

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The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Compel'. King James Dictionary.

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