AskDefine | Define impel

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impel

Verb

1 urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate [syn: force]
2 cause to move forward with force; "Steam propels this ship" [syn: propel] [also: impelling, impelled]

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English

Etymology

From impello

Pronunciation

  • /ɪmˈpɛl/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛl

Verb

(UK) (US)
  1. To urge a person; to press on; to incite to action or motion in any way.
  2. To drive forward; to propel an object.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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