propel

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verb pro·pel \prə-ˈpel\

Definition of propel

propelled

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propelling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to drive forward or onward by or as if by means of a force that imparts motion

Examples of propel in a Sentence

  1. He grabbed him and propelled him through the door.

  2. The train is propelled by steam.

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Origin and Etymology of propel

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



PROPEL Defined for English Language Learners

propel

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Definition of propel for English Language Learners

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


PROPEL Defined for Kids

propel

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verb pro·pel \prə-ˈpel\

Definition of propel for Students

propelled

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propelling

  1. :  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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