/ kEm5pel; kEm`pZl/ v (-ll-)
[Cn.t] (fml 文) make (sb) do sth; force 使(某人)做某事; 强迫: We cannot compel you to (do it), but we think you should. 我们不能强迫你(去做), 但认为你应该做. * I was compelled to (ie I had to) acknowledge the force of his argument. 我不得不承认他的论据有力. Cf 参看 impel.
[Tn no passive 不用於被动语态] (fml 文) (a) get (sth) by force or pressure; make necessary 强夺﹑ 强求(某物); 强迫; 使必须: You can compel obedience, but not affection. 可以逼人服从, 却无法逼人生爱. * Circumstances have compelled a change of plan. 因情况所迫, 计划已经改变. (b) (not in the continuous tenses 不用於进行时态) (fig 比喻) inspire (sth) irresistibly (不可抗拒地)激起, 激发(某事物): His courage compels universal admiration. 他的勇气不禁令人肃然起敬.
> compelling adj (a) extremely interesting and exciting, so that one has to pay attention 使人非注意不可的: a compelling novel, account, story, etc 引人入胜的小说﹑ 报道﹑ 故事等. (b) that one must accept or agree with 必须接受或同意的: a compelling reason, argument, etc 不得不同意的理由﹑ 论点. Cf 参看 compulsion.