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propel

verb pro·pel \prə-ˈpel\

: to push or drive (someone or something) forward or in a particular direction

pro·pelledpro·pel·ling

Full Definition of PROPEL

transitive verb
:  to drive forward or onward by or as if by means of a force that imparts motion
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Examples of PROPEL

  1. He grabbed him and propelled him through the door.
  2. The train is propelled by steam.

Origin of PROPEL

Middle English propellen, from Latin propellere, from pro- before + pellere to drive — more at felt
First Known Use: 15th century
PROPEL Defined for Kids

propel

verb pro·pel \prə-ˈpel\
pro·pelledpro·pel·ling

Definition of PROPEL for Kids

:  to push or cause to move usually forward or onward

Word Root of PROPEL

The Latin word pellere, meaning to cause to move or to drive, gives us the root pel. Words from the Latin pellere have something to do with driving or causing something to move. To propel is to drive forward. To compel is to drive someone to do something. To expel is to drive out. To repel is to drive back or away.

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