compel (someone) to (do something)

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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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But vague similarities between characters, direct references of language (the first utterances are the words sung by the demon choir in Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust, a piece that virtually defines the relationship between Gabriel and Inez), and the fact that the strain appears in the novel at all compel one to search for a connection.
It's the kind of thing only a powerful need would compel one to revisit, let alone restage.
The northeasterly view into richly forested Tenaya Canyon compel one to sit and contemplate the scene's endless beauty.