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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Not sure why anxiety over leaving the EU may compel one to indulge in "sexual touching".
Pleasing to look at and touch, beads come in shapes, colors, and materials that almost compel one to handle them and to sort them.
"It's sort of like the prize fight in that you really need a convincing knockout to compel one to change the resources," the source added.
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.