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impel

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1 to set or keep in motion

  • gasoline impels a carʼs engine
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2 to cause (a person) to give in to pressure

  • I felt impelled to tell the truth, however painful it might be
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twist one's arm

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Synonym Discussion of impel

move, actuate, drive, impel mean to set or keep in motion. move is very general and implies no more than the fact of changing position.
    • moved the furniture
actuate stresses transmission of power so as to work or set in motion.
    • turbines actuated by waterpower
drive implies imparting forward and continuous motion and often stresses the effect rather than the impetus.
    • a ship driven aground by hurricane winds
impel is usually figurative and suggests a great motivating impetus.
    • a candidate impelled by ambition


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