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bulldoze     (informal)   coerce, constrain, dragoon, drive, enforce, exact, force, hustle     (slang)   impel, make, necessitate, oblige, railroad     (informal)   restrain, squeeze, urge  
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  ( compels    3rd person present)   ( compelling    present participle)   ( compelled    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If a situation, a rule, or a person compels you to do something, they force you to do it.  
...the introduction of legislation to compel cyclists to wear a helmet...      V n to-inf  
Local housing authorities have been compelled by the housing crisis to make offers of sub-standard accommodation.      V n to-inf  
2    If you feel compelledto do something, you feel that you must do it, because it is the right thing to do.  
feel compelled      phrase   V inflects, PHR to-inf  
I felt morally compelled to help.     

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compile, complex, comply, come

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