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impel

[ im-pel ]
/ ɪmˈpɛl /
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verb (used with object), im·pelled, im·pel·ling.
to drive or urge forward; press on; incite or constrain to action.
to drive or cause to move onward; propel; impart motion to.
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Origin of impel

1375–1425; late Middle English impellen<Latin impellere to strike against, set in motion (transitive), equivalent to im-im-1 + pellere to strike, move (something); akin to pulse1

synonym study for impel

1. See compel.

OTHER WORDS FROM impel

un·im·pelled, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH impel

compel, impel (see synonym study at compel)
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British Dictionary definitions for impel

impel
/ (ɪmˈpɛl) /

verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled (tr)
to urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
to push, drive, or force into motion

Derived forms of impel

impellent, noun, adjective

Word Origin for impel

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