verb (used with object), propelled, propelling.
to drive, or cause to move, forward or onward: to propel a boat by rowing.
to impel or urge onward: Urgent need of money propelled him to take a job.

1400–50; late Middle English propellen to expel < Latin prōpellere to drive forward, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + pellere to drive

unpropelled, adjective

1, 2. push, prod. Unabridged
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propel (prəˈpɛl)
vb , -pels, -pelling, -pelled
(tr) to impel, drive, or cause to move forwards
[C15: from Latin prōpellere to drive onwards, from pro-1 + pellere to drive]

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Word Origin & History

c.1440, "to drive away, expel," from L. propellere "push forward," from pro- "forward" + pellere "to push, drive." Meaning "to drive onward, cause to move forward" is from 1658. Propellant "fuel for a rocket engine" is from 1919. Propeller in mechanical sense is first attested 1809, of ships; of flying
machines (in a broad, theoretical sense) 1842, in the specific modern sense 1853; shortened form prop is recorded from 1914.
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Example sentences
Moments later, bullets tore into the bridge, and vapor trails from rocket-propelled grenades streaked across the bow: pirates.
Rounds rattled off the armor plating of the vehicles, and rocket-propelled grenades plowed into the hillsides around them.
They expected intense resistance in the form of rifle fire and rocket-propelled grenades.
The two students are then propelled up to the highest branches of this every
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