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impel

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of impel

  1. 1 to set or keep in motion gasoline impels a car's engine Synonyms of impel actuate, drive, move, propel, workWords Related to impel activate, motivate, provoke; abet, ferment, foment, incite, raise, stir (up), whip (up); set off, trigger, trip; arouse, excite, fire (up), galvanize, inflame (also enflame), inspire, instigate, rouse, stimulateNear Antonyms of impel bridle, check, constrain, contain, control, curb, inhibit, regulate, rein (in), restrain

  2. 2 to cause (a person) to give in to pressure I felt impelled to tell the truth, however painful it might be Synonyms of impel blackjack, coerce, compel, constrain, dragoon, drive, force, impress, make, muscle, obligate, oblige, press, pressure, sandbagWords Related to impel browbeat, bulldoze, bully, cow, hector, intimidate; blackmail, high-pressure, menace, shame, terrorize, threaten; drag; badger, harass, houndNear Antonyms of impel allow, let, permit; argue, convince, induce, move, persuade, prevail (on or upon), satisfy, talk (into), win (over)

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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