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used in The Mysterious Benedict Society

7 uses
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to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
  • A strange sense of duty, not to mention a powerful curiosity, compelled him to join.
    p. 84.1
  • Mr. Benedict smiled kindly down at him and said, "Sticky, never fear, you aren't compelled to join the team.
    p. 79.5
  • And another came during the evening, so that they were compelled to study with their nerves being plucked like banjo strings.
    p. 221.5
  • "You three go on," said Reynie, who felt strangely compelled to see the list up close.
    p. 234.5
  • The Helpers, feeling compelled to reciprocate, stopped walking and set down their buckets so they could wave back.
    p. 247.2
  • Suddenly, Reynie felt compelled to grab Kate's hand.
    p. 284.1
  • His mind kept returning to the phrases he'd been compelled to think: "....
    p. 326.2

There are no more uses of "compel" in The Mysterious Benedict Society.

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