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impel

verb im·pel \im-ˈpel\

: to cause (someone) to feel a strong need or desire to do something

im·pelledim·pel·ling

Full Definition of IMPEL

transitive verb
1
:  to urge or drive forward or on by or as if by the exertion of strong moral pressure :  force <felt impelled to correct the misconception>
2
:  to impart motion to :  propel

Examples of IMPEL

  1. His interest in the American Civil War impelled him to make repeated visits to Gettysburg.
  2. She felt impelled to give a speech after the performance.

Origin of IMPEL

Middle English impellen, from Latin impellere, from in- + pellere to drive — more at felt
First Known Use: 15th century

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