Synonyms and Antonyms of propel

  1. 1 to apply force to (someone or something) so that it moves in front of one playfully he propelled his rambunctious friend into the swimming pool to cool off Synonyms drive, push, shove, thrustRelated Words impel, move; bear (down), compress, depress, jam, pressure, squash, squeeze, weigh (upon); bulldoze, compel, force, lean (on or against), muscle, ram

  2. 2 to set or keep in motion the aircraft is propelled by a pair of turboprop engines Synonyms actuate, drive, impel, move, workRelated Words 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 bridle, check, constrain, contain, control, curb, inhibit, regulate, rein (in), restrain

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