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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While the drive to eliminate cash is fueled partly by capitalism’s impulse to wring waste out of the system, it is also propelled by consumers’ desire to make their lives easier. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019 These are propelled by underwater ramjets rather than propellers and travel inside a bubble of gas to reduce friction, achieving speeds in excess of 200 mph. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Truth Behind Russia’s 'Apocalypse Torpedo'," 18 Jan. 2019 Working-class white men, often without decent (or any) jobs, have been endlessly discussed as the constituency that propelled Donald Trump to the White House. Andrew L. Yarrow, Vox, "I spoke to hundreds of American men who still can’t find work," 15 Sep. 2018 Their concerns are an indication that China’s and Europe’s retaliatory tariffs against US exports would hit hardest in states that helped propel Trump to the presidency, bringing home the risks of a trade war ahead of November’s midterms. Saleha Mohsin, BostonGlobe.com, "US, China may talk amid escalating trade threats," 13 July 2018 In a visit to Poland a year ago, the U.S. president hailed the country as a bulwark of Western civilization, which some critics interpreted as a ringing endorsement of the same populist-nationalist style that helped propel Trump to power. Laura King, latimes.com, "Poland sees opportunity and peril in NATO summit and Trump-Putin meeting," 9 July 2018 There is a lot to run on for Republicans and these are things that propelled Donald Trump into the White House. Fox News, "Rep. Cuellar on battle over separating families at border," 19 June 2018 Comets typically accelerate in this manner, propelled by the gases released by the heat of the Sun, which create their signature tails. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Nailing down the nature of ‘Oumuamua—it’s probably a comet, but…," 29 Nov. 2018 The tragedy propels Jon’s loved ones to face their own struggles, and redefine their relationships now that the glue of their group is gone. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'A Million Little Things' Premiered Last Night and Fans Have a Lot of Thoughts," 27 Sep. 2018

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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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