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Compel, 1) to force; a) absol.: “if she cannot entreat, I can c.” Mids. III, 2, 248. H5 II, 4, 101. Ant. I, 2, 141.
b) trans.: “the son, --ed, been butcher to the sire,” R3 V, 5, 26. H8 I, 2, 34. Followed by an infinitive preceded by to: “a dog that is --ed to fight,” John IV, 1, 116. H4B III, 1, 74. IV, 1, 116. H6A III, 1, 85. Caes. III, 2, 161. V, 1, 75. Mcb. I, 2, 30. Hml. III, 3, 62. Ant. V, 1, 29. Followed by a noun preceded by to: “c. him to her recompense,” Meas. III, 1, 262. “I was --ed to her,” All's IV, 2, 15 (i. e. to marry her). Wint. II, 3, 88. Oth. II, 1, 238. Per. III, 2, 26.
2) to enforce, to exact: “he hath forced us to c. this offer,” H4B IV, 1, 147. H4B IV, 1, 147 Followed by from: “there be nothing --ed from the villages,” H5 III, 6, 116. “c. from each the sixth part of his substance,” H8 I, 2, 57. By of: “an I were not a very coward, I'ld c. it of you,” All's IV, 3, 357.
Compelled == enforced, involuntary: and why not (should I clear myself) “from this --ed stain,” Lucr. 1708. “our --ed sins,” Meas. II, 4, 57. “a --ed restraint,” All's II, 4, 44. “this --ed fortune,” H8 II, 3, 87. “a --ed valour,” Hml. IV, 6, 17.
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