propel

[pruh-pel]

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.

Nearby words

  1. propanoic acid,
  2. propanol,
  3. propantheline bromide,
  4. proparoxytone,
  5. propecia,
  6. propellant,
  7. propellent,
  8. propeller,
  9. propeller head,
  10. propeller horsepower

Origin of propel

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

Related formsun·pro·pelled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for propelled

propel

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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Word Origin and History for propelled

propel

v.

mid-15c., "to drive away, expel," from Latin propellere "push forward, drive forward, drive forth; move, impel," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + pellere "to push, drive" (see pulse (n.1)). Meaning "to drive onward, cause to move forward" is from 1650s. Related: Propelled; propelling.

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