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 for compel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Compel \Com*pel"\, v. i.
     To make one yield or submit. "If she can not entreat, I can
     compel." --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Compel \Com*pel"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compelled; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Compelling.] [L. compellere, compulsum, to drive
     together, to compel, urge; com- + pellere to drive: cf. OF.
     compellir. See Pulse.]
     1. To drive or urge with force, or irresistibly; to force; to
        constrain; to oblige; to necessitate, either by physical
        or moral force.
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              Wolsey . . . compelled the people to pay up the
              whole subsidy at once.                --Hallam.
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              And they compel one Simon . . . to bear his cross.
                                                    --Mark xv. 21.
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     2. To take by force or violence; to seize; to exact; to
        extort. [R.]
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              Commissions, which compel from each
              The sixth part of his substance.      --Shak.
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     3. To force to yield; to overpower; to subjugate.
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              Easy sleep their weary limbs compelled. --Dryden.
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              I compel all creatures to my will.    --Tennyson.
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     4. To gather or unite in a crowd or company. [A Latinism] "In
        one troop compelled." --Dryden.
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     5. To call forth; to summon. [Obs.] --Chapman.
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              She had this knight from far compelled. --Spenser.
     Syn: To force; constrain; oblige; necessitate; coerce. See
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: force somebody to do something; "We compel all students to
           fill out this form" [syn: compel, oblige, obligate]
      2: necessitate or exact; "the water shortage compels

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  95 Moby Thesaurus words for "compel":
     actuate, animate, beat down, beset, bind, break, browbeat,
     bulldoze, bully, castrate, cause, cause to, clamp down on, coerce,
     concuss, constrain, cow, daunt, despotize, dictate, domineer,
     domineer over, drive, drive on, energize, enforce, enslave, force,
     forward, foster, galvanize, give an impetus, give momentum, goad,
     grind, grind down, grip, have, henpeck, hold, impel, incite,
     infatuate, insist upon, intimidate, keep down, keep under,
     lord it over, make, motivate, move, move to action, necessitate,
     not let go, oblige, obsess, oppress, overawe, overbear, overmaster,
     override, possess, power, preoccupy, press heavy on, promote,
     propel, put in motion, repress, restrain, ride over,
     ride roughshod over, set agoing, set going, set in motion, shotgun,
     spark, stimulate, subjugate, suppress, terrorize, thrust, tie,
     trample down, trample upon, tread down, tread upon, tyrannize,
     tyrannize over, unman, use force upon, walk all over, walk over,
     weigh heavy on, whip on

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  COMpute ParallEL
      (Compel) The first single-assignment language.
     ["A Language Design for Concurrent Processes", L.G. Tesler et
     al, Proc SJCC 32:403-408, AFIPS (Spring 1968)].

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