propel

verb
pro·​pel | \ prə-ˈpel \
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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Boeing is set to debut its biggest plane ever next month, and the 777X has finally been paired with the gargantuan GE9X engine that will propel its flight. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The Biggest Jet Engines in History Are Finally Ready to Power Boeing's Biggest Plane," 4 Jan. 2019 Now, the Congressional wins that propelled those numbers past old records are coming to fruition as the 116th Congress is sworn in today, January 3. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The Bad Girls' Caucus Has Been Sworn In and Congress May Never Be the Same," 3 Jan. 2019 Technology and science, the twin engines that propel the skincare industry, are both moving faster than ever. Evelyn Crowley, Vogue, "The 6 Biggest Skincare Breakthroughs of 2018," 19 Dec. 2018 Pat Shurmur thrived in the role last year, behind a career-best season for fill-in quarterback Case Keenum and a 13-3 record that propelled the Vikings to the NFC championship game. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "Vikings fire OC DeFilippo after another flat performance," 12 Dec. 2018 While Drake has emerged as the most famous cast member to date, Degrassi was blessed with a stellar rotating ensemble that propelled the show to 14 seasons. Seventeen, "The 20 Greatest TV Teen Dramas of All Time," 4 Dec. 2018 Despite that underlying message, there is one very big thing that propels the plot: the death of businessman Jon (Ron Livingston) by suicide. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Everything You Should Know About ABC's New Tearjerker, 'A Million Little Things'," 12 Sep. 2018 Each wave is propelled by the one that came before, and its momentum carries into another break. Amandla Stenberg, Teen Vogue, "Amandla Stenberg Writes About Her Sexual Assaults," 6 Oct. 2018 The style was propelled to sartorial superstardom by Diane von Furstenberg, and has been rehashed time and time again by by beloved contemporary labels, like Ganni and Realisation Par. Ana Colon, Glamour, "Visit Other Condé Nast Sites," 1 June 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 \
propelled; propelling

Kids Definition of propel

: to push or cause to move usually forward or onward

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