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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And so I say to you, do not compel us to assign to the guardians a sort of happiness which will make them anything but guardians; for we too can clothe our husbandmen in royal apparel, and set crowns of gold on their heads, and bid them till the ground as much as they like, and no more.
He explained that the challenges faced by the United States compel us to retain military superiority.
Do not compel us to break the ties and communications.
To sum up, the CRDC paints a stark portrait of inequity in opportunity in America that is educationally unsound, morally bankrupt, and economically self-destructive to our nation's best interest--this must compel us to act.
We don't have evidence nor traces of fingerprints over the American intelligence eavesdropping on us and our citizens, but what we heard compel us to say that these practices are excessive and need clear explanation by the American officials," de Maiziere said in a speech before the Muncih Security Conference (MSC).
To return to first principles would compel us to ask who gains from the haste and what is it they want.
CARICOM remains convinced that advancing cooperation with Cuba is in our interest in the face of a series of phenomena which threaten our basic viability and compel us to cope with them with determination," The meeting marked the 39th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the four then independent countries of the English- speaking Caribbean and Cuba.
They found that our brains compel us to stare longer at someone's face if we've heard something negative about them, reports the Daily Mail.
But not even the impeccable comic timing of Galifianakis and co-star Robert Downey Jr can spark the dialogue to life or compel us to care about two mismatched men.
The Syrian ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul Kareem Ali has said that "the dangers hovering over the region compel us to embrace the resistance," according to the pan-Arab daily AL HAYAT Monday.
A piece of music can compel us to move our bodies or move us to tears.
THE EFFECT of prolonged unemployment on young people is " the greatest social problem the economic depression can compel us to face.
While the shrinking of glaciers and rising of tides may not impact our daily lives in the near term, events like the 2004 Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in 2005 compel us to learn more about our environment and the role we can play in building sustainable communities.
Contrary to events of recent years, this is one instance where the US leads and our conscience should compel us to follow.