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impel

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of impel

  1. 1 to set or keep in motion <gasoline impels a car's engine> Synonyms actuate, drive, move, propel, workRelated Words activate, motivate, provoke; abet, ferment, foment, incite, raise, stir (up), whip (up); set off, trigger, trip; arouse, excite, fire (up), galvanize, inflame (also enflame), inspire, instigate, rouse, stimulateNear Antonyms bridle, check, constrain, contain, control, curb, inhibit, regulate, rein (in), restrain

  2. 2 to cause (a person) to give in to pressure <I felt impelled to tell the truth, however painful it might be> Synonyms blackjack, coerce, compel, constrain, dragoon, drive, force, impress, make, muscle, obligate, oblige, press, pressure, sandbagRelated Words browbeat, bulldoze, bully, cow, hector, intimidate; blackmail, high-pressure, menace, shame, terrorize, threaten; drag; badger, harass, houndNear Antonyms allow, let, permit; argue, convince, induce, move, persuade, prevail (on or upon), satisfy, talk (into), win (over)




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