propel

[ pruh-pel ]
/ prəˈpɛl /

verb (used with object), pro·pelled, pro·pel·ling.

to drive, or cause to move, forward or onward: to propel a boat by rowing.
to impel or urge onward: Urgent need of money propelled him to take a job.

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Origin of propel

1400–50; late Middle English propellen to expel <Latin prōpellere to drive forward, equivalent to prō-pro-1 + pellere to drive

OTHER WORDS FROM propel

un·pro·pelled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for propel

propel
/ (prəˈpɛl) /

verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled

(tr) to impel, drive, or cause to move forwards

Word Origin for propel

C15: from Latin prōpellere to drive onwards, from pro- 1 + pellere to drive
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