[ 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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1. See compel.
OTHER WORDS FROM impelun·im·pelled, adjective
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How to use impel in a sentence
More often, it was impelling them to define their markets more narrowly.Fear of Flip-Flopping|Jack And Suzy Welch|February 26, 2009|DAILY BEAST
There were no impassioned affections glowing in her bosom and impelling her to his side.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
It impresses with a sense of increased obligation, that furnishes an ardour of mind, powerfully impelling to duty.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
A mad desire began to come over him; a strange, impelling scheme took hold of his brain.The White Desert|Courtney Ryley Cooper
Springing on board, we each seized a pole and began impelling the raft from the shore.In the Wilds of Florida|W.H.G. Kingston
Her face then, with its dead whiteness and the eyes of flame, held a tragic, impelling beauty that stung Anson into remonstrance.The Man of the Forest|Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for 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 impelimpellent, 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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