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compel (someone) to (do something)

To strongly encourage or pressure someone to do something. Threaten me all you want—you'll never compel me to be a traitor to my country!
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compel someone to do something

to force someone to do something; to drive someone to so something. You can't compel me to do that. She compelled herself to try, even though she was ill.
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All showerheads part of the Compel bath collection feature H2Okinetic technology.
The WaterSense-labelled lavatories of the Compel bath collection provide up to 32 per cent water savings over standard lavatory faucets, while the WaterSense-labelled showerheads provide up to 40 per cent water savings over standard showerheads, all without sacrificing the comfort and convenience of the user experience or the durability and life span of the product.
The Touch-Clean soft, rubber spray holes on the Compel handshowers allow users to easily wipe away calcium and lime build-up from the handshower with the touch of a finger.
Rejecting the bid earlier this month, Compel complained that Computacenter's proposal significantly undervalued the company .
Compel said yesterday it had not yet received any proposal from SCH.
But it said the board of Compel had so far not co-operated and Computacenter was making its potential offer public to 'facilitate a more open discussion with Compel's shareholders'.
The news of the possible offer, which would value Compel at 275p a share, sent shares in Compel surging 51p to 2631/1p.
3 per cent of Compel directly or through SCH, Britain's biggest private computer, software and services companies,
But a statement to the stock exchange said nothing of any intention for SCH to bid for Compel.
1990), the court stated that "the government's mere failure to tender immunity cannot amount to an attempt to compel a waiver of immunity.