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impel

[im-pel] /ɪmˈpɛl/
verb (used with object), impelled, impelling.
1.
to drive or urge forward; press on; incite or constrain to action.
2.
to drive or cause to move onward; propel; impart motion to.
Origin of impel
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English impellen < Latin impellere to strike against, set in motion (transitive), equivalent to im- im-1 + pellere to strike, move (something); akin to pulse1
Related forms
unimpelled, adjective
Can be confused
compel, impel (see synonym study at compel)
compelled, impelled.
Synonyms
1. actuate. See compel.
Antonyms
1. restrain.
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impel

/ɪmˈpɛl/
verb (transitive) -pels, -pelling, -pelled
1.
to urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
2.
to push, drive, or force into motion
Derived Forms
impellent, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin impellere to push against, drive forward, from im- (in) + pellere to drive, push, strike
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Word Origin and History for impelling

impel

v.

early 15c., from Latin impellere "to push, strike against, drive forward, urge on," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + pellere "to push, drive" (see pulse (n.1)). Related: Impelled; impelling.

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