Examples of impel in a Sentence
His interest in the American Civil War impelled him to make repeated visits to Gettysburg.
She felt impelled to give a speech after the performance.
Recent Examples of impel from the Web
In the liberal Washington region, nonprofits are hoping that tying their pitch for additional private funds to Trump’s budget will impel residents to open their pocketbooks.
As Quarter to Three’s Tom Chick put it so aptly in an interview with the designers, in Fallen London, the gameplay is the text, the storytelling spur, the thing that impels you to play.
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Impel is very similar in meaning to compel, and often a perfect synonym, though it tends to suggest even more strongly an inner drive to do something and a greater urgency to act, especially for moral reasons. But when impel takes its noun and adjective forms, it changes slightly. So an impulse—such as "impulse buying", when you suddenly see something cool and know you've got to have it—often isn't based on anything very serious. And impulsive behavior in general, such as blurting out something stupid on the spur of the moment, is the kind of thing you're supposed to get over when you grow up.
Synonym Discussion of impel
IMPEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of impel for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to feel a strong need or desire to do something
IMPEL Defined for Kids
Definition of impel for Students
: to urge or force into action I felt impelled to speak up.
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