Definition of propel
: to drive forward or onward by or as if by means of a force that imparts motion
Examples of propel in a Sentence
He grabbed him and propelled him through the door.
The train is propelled by steam.
Recent Examples of propel from the Web
The 6-2 Harris has an amazing vertical jump and showed his promise with a 30-point game in a semistate win over Evansville Bosse that helped propel Attucks to a state title.
That alone would propel any town to nerd stardom, but Carbondale is exceptional.
My stroke sets the pace, his power propels us, and throughout he ups my game.
In a pair of regular-season games against St. Viator, Wiegman went 5-for-9 with a home run, triple, double and eight RBIs to propel Carmel to a sweep.
The unanimous decision comes as the Trump administration ramps up enforcement of immigration laws nationwide, putting into practice the hardline stance that propelled President Trump to the Oval Office.
First Team Jim Baker, Brother Rice, senior, outside hitter: The explosive hitter propelled Brother Rice to a fourth-place finish at state with 201 kills, 197 digs and 40 aces.
President Donald Trump returns to Iowa for the first time since the election, and many of the independent voters who propelled him to victory are not happy.
Right-hander Kyle Lloyd struck out 10 in his return to the Texas League and the Missions used a five-run eighth to propel themselves to a 7-3 win over Corpus Christi on Monday night.
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PROPEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of propel for English Language Learners
: to push or drive (someone or something) forward or in a particular direction
PROPEL Defined for Kids
Definition of propel for Students
: 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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