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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Examples of propel in a Sentence

He grabbed him and propelled him through the door. The train is propelled by steam.
Recent Examples on the Web The Dallas Cowboys have won three consecutive games to propel themselves back into the hunt for the NFC East crown. oregonlive, "Dallas Cowboys vs New York Giants FREE LIVE STREAM (1/3/2021) score updates, odds, time, TV channel, how to watch online," 3 Jan. 2021 Each small success can help propel you toward bigger ones. New York Times, "This Year, Try Downsizing Your Resolutions," 29 Dec. 2020 Instead of complaining about fraud, Trump should have done more to energize the voters who could propel him to victory. Fortune, "Trump focused too much on fraud—and it might have cost him the election," 23 Dec. 2020 New Smyrna Beach returned nearly everyone from a season ago and added two state qualifiers and a district champion to the squad and the Barracudas line-up could propel them to the top of the district. Brant Parsons, orlandosentinel.com, "2A-4: New Smyrna Beach looking to make huge leap to the top," 29 Nov. 2020 Hats off to @elonmusk for taking the risks to propel us into the future. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink internet satellites in 100th Falcon 9 launch," 25 Nov. 2020 There are two common versions: pneumatic guns, which use air pressure, and band guns, which use rubber bands made of heavy surgical tubing to propel the spear. Popular Science, "Take a stab at spearfishing with these tips," 16 Nov. 2020 There are two common versions: pneumatic guns, which use air pressure, and band guns, which use rubber bands made of heavy surgical tubing to propel the spear. Sam Romano, Outdoor Life, "The Beginner’s Guide to Spearfishing," 10 Nov. 2020 This similar evolution between plotopterids and penguins may explain how some birds eventually learned to use their wings for swimming, diverging from those who use their feet to propel them through the water. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Monster Penguins Once Roamed New Zealand, and They Had an Evolutionary Twin," 12 July 2020

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First Known Use of propel

1558, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for propel

Middle English propellen "to drive away, expel," borrowed from Latin prōpellere "to push or thrust forward, compel to go onward," from prō- "before, in front" + pellere "to beat against, push, strike, rouse, expel" — more at pro- entry 2, pulse entry 1

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The first known use of propel was in 1558

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11 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Propel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/propel. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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propel

verb
How to pronounce propel (audio)

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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