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compel
used in Washington Square

2 uses
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Definition
to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
  • This was after John Ludlow had been compelled to give it up, though the Doctor had advised him to persevere.
    Chapter 32 (71% in)
  • He closed with an intimation that his professional pursuits might compel him to travel for some months, and with the hope that when they should each have accommodated themselves to what was sternly involved in their respective positions—even should this result not be reached for years—they should meet as friends, as fellow-sufferers, as innocent but philosophic victims of a great social law.
    Chapter 31 (44% in)

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