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impel

[ im-pel ]

verb (used with object)

, im·pelled, im·pel·ling.
  1. to drive or urge forward; press on; incite or constrain to action.

    Synonyms: actuate

    Antonyms: restrain

  2. to drive or cause to move onward; propel; impart motion to.


impel

/ ɪmˈpɛl /

verb

  1. to urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
  2. to push, drive, or force into motion


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Derived Forms

  • imˈpellent, nounadjective
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Other Words From

  • unim·pelled adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of impel1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English impellen, from Latin impellere “to strike against, set in motion,” from im- im- 1 + pellere “to strike, move”; pulse 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of impel1

C15: from Latin impellere to push against, drive forward, from im- (in) + pellere to drive, push, strike
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Synonym Study

See compel.
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Example Sentences

The move sparked a revolt, impelling tens of millions of users to flee to rivals such as Signal and Telegram.

Where the subject of “Dreamtank” seems impelled by larger forces, the clenched-fist figure in “Sentinel” declares his autonomy.

Public pressure impelled Match Group’s initiatives, according to Carrie Goldberg, a victims’ rights attorney who represented Garbo founder Kathryn Kosmides in a gender-based violence case that inspired the nonprofit’s creation.

What, then, was the truth that the truth serum was seeking to impel?

These all-too-possible nightmare scenarios should impel the United States to focus on the current state of Pakistan.

He saw enough in her face to impel him to take her hand and hold it while he said his lingering good night.

The characters which crowd forth from his brain are sustained and impelled by the same social waves which sustain and impel us.

You alone, Madam, had the power to conquer my indolence, and to impel me to change my resolution.

Resist that inclination which seems to impel you to gloomy meditation, solitude, and melancholy.

Various motives impel the living to treat with respect the body from which life has departed.

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