propel

verb
pro·​pel | \ prə-ˈpel How to pronounce propel (audio) \
propelled; propelling

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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Synonyms for propel

Synonyms

drive, push, shove, thrust

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Examples of propel in a Sentence

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

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Even at 36, Larry Legend can still help propel this franchise and make the crowd go from booing to cheering and standing on its feet for most of the fourth quarter and the entire overtime period. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald has 5-star performance against Lions," 8 Sep. 2019 In 2016, Trump carried Wisconsin over Democrat Hillary Clinton by less than 1 percentage point, helping propel him to an electoral college victory despite losing the popular vote nationally by roughly 3 million people. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump continues to push erroneous claim about Alabama as Dorian lashes Carolinas," 6 Sep. 2019 In 2016, Trump carried Wisconsin over Democrat Hillary Clinton by less than 1 percentage point, helping propel him to an electoral college victory despite losing the popular vote nationally by roughly 3 million people. oregonlive, "Biden leads Trump by 9 percentage points in key battleground of Wisconsin, poll finds," 5 Sep. 2019 Sherman became the defining figure of the Seahawks’ Legion of Boom secondary, and his perimeter coverage helped propel Seattle’s beautifully simple Cover 3 scheme, which several NFL teams would come to adopt. The Si Staff, SI.com, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 Grant helped propel Team USA to a world junior record of 3:44.84 in the mixed medley. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel swimmer Wyatt Davis wins two world junior medals in one day," 21 Aug. 2019 Diageo and Seedlip declined to comment on the investment, but Diageo says founder Ben Branson will stay on at Seedlip and help propel the brand’s future in his role as a shareholder and director. John Kell, Fortune, "Diageo’s Stake in Seedlip Proves Booze-Free Drinks Are Big Business," 8 Aug. 2019 In 2017, her get-out-the-vote work for then-Councilman Ron Nirenberg helped propel him to an upset mayoral victory over Ivy Taylor. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Podcast: Where do Castro and O’Rourke go from here?," 30 July 2019 The social media maven's hard work has helped propel her from the online world into traditional media and Hollywood entertainment. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Liza Koshy: 16 things to know about the YouTube megastar from Houston," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of propel

1558, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for propel

Middle English propellen, from Latin propellere, from pro- before + pellere to drive — more at felt

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propel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of propel

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

propel

verb
pro·​pel | \ prə-ˈpel How to pronounce propel (audio) \
propelled; propelling

Kids Definition of propel

: to push or cause to move usually forward or onward

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