impel

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im·pel

 (ĭm-pĕl′)
tr.v. im·pelled, im·pel·ling, im·pels
1. To urge to action through moral pressure; drive: I was impelled by events to take a stand.
2. To drive forward; propel.

[Middle English impellen, from Latin impellere : in-, against; see in-2 + pellere, to drive; see pel-5 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

impel

(ɪmˈpɛl)
vb (tr) , -pels, -pelling or -pelled
1. to urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
2. to push, drive, or force into motion
[C15: from Latin impellere to push against, drive forward, from im- (in) + pellere to drive, push, strike]
imˈpellent n, adj

im•pel

(ɪmˈpɛl)

v.t. -pelled, -pel•ling.
1. to drive or urge forward.
2. to impart motion to.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin impellere to strike against, set in motion =im- im-1 + pellere to strike, move (something); compare pulse1]
syn: See compel.

impel


Past participle: impelled
Gerund: impelling

Imperative
impel
impel
Present
I impel
you impel
he/she/it impels
we impel
you impel
they impel
Preterite
I impelled
you impelled
he/she/it impelled
we impelled
you impelled
they impelled
Present Continuous
I am impelling
you are impelling
he/she/it is impelling
we are impelling
you are impelling
they are impelling
Present Perfect
I have impelled
you have impelled
he/she/it has impelled
we have impelled
you have impelled
they have impelled
Past Continuous
I was impelling
you were impelling
he/she/it was impelling
we were impelling
you were impelling
they were impelling
Past Perfect
I had impelled
you had impelled
he/she/it had impelled
we had impelled
you had impelled
they had impelled
Future
I will impel
you will impel
he/she/it will impel
we will impel
you will impel
they will impel
Future Perfect
I will have impelled
you will have impelled
he/she/it will have impelled
we will have impelled
you will have impelled
they will have impelled
Future Continuous
I will be impelling
you will be impelling
he/she/it will be impelling
we will be impelling
you will be impelling
they will be impelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been impelling
you have been impelling
he/she/it has been impelling
we have been impelling
you have been impelling
they have been impelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been impelling
you will have been impelling
he/she/it will have been impelling
we will have been impelling
you will have been impelling
they will have been impelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been impelling
you had been impelling
he/she/it had been impelling
we had been impelling
you had been impelling
they had been impelling
Conditional
I would impel
you would impel
he/she/it would impel
we would impel
you would impel
they would impel
Past Conditional
I would have impelled
you would have impelled
he/she/it would have impelled
we would have impelled
you would have impelled
they would have impelled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.impel - urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
cause, do, make - give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; "cause a commotion"; "make a stir"; "cause an accident"
2.impel - cause to move forward with force; "Steam propels this ship"
flip - move with a flick or light motion
rocket - propel with a rocket
carry - propel or give impetus to; "The sudden gust of air propelled the ball to the other side of the fence"
kick - drive or propel with the foot
pole, punt - propel with a pole; "pole barges on the river"; "We went punting in Cambridge"
hit - cause to move by striking; "hit a ball"
throw - propel through the air; "throw a frisbee"
drive - push, propel, or press with force; "Drive a nail into the wall"
launch - propel with force; "launch the space shuttle"; "Launch a ship"
catapult - shoot forth or launch, as if from a catapult; "the enemy catapulted rocks towards the fort"
send off, project - throw, send, or cast forward; "project a missile"
loft - propel through the air; "The rocket lofted the space shuttle into the air"
move, displace - cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

impel

impel

verb
Translations
يَحُثُّ، يَدْفَع إلى
dohnat
tvinge
òvinga, knÿja
pastūmėti
mudinātskubināt
mecbur etmekzorlamak

impel

[ɪmˈpel] VT
1. (= force, compel) → obligar
I feel impelled to sayme veo obligado a decir ...
2. (= drive) → impulsar, impeler (frm)
hunger impelled him to do itel hambre lo impulsó a hacerlo

impel

[ɪmˈpɛl] vt (= force) → forcer
to impel sb to do sth → forcer qn à faire qch

impel

vt
(= force)nötigen; to impel somebody to do somethingjdn (dazu) nötigen, etw zu tun; to impel somebody (in)to actionjdn zum Handeln nötigen
(= drive on)(voran)treiben

impel

[ɪmˈpɛl] vt (force) to impel sb (to do sth)costringere or obbligare qn (a fare qc); (drive) → spingere qn (a fare qc)

impel

(imˈpel) past tense, past participle imˈpelled verb
to urge or force. Hunger impelled the boy to steal.
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I deeply regret the necessity that impels me to suppress any thing of importance connected with my experience in slavery.
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My heart is that of a Musketeer; I feel it, monsieur, and that impels me on.
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Thine eagle eye bedazzles e'en the brain, "Thy gallant brow bespeaks the front of Jove; "While smiles enchant me, tears in torrents rain, "And each seductive charm impels to love.
Moreover, powerful Truth, being the rich grape juice expressed from the vineyard of the ages, has an intoxicating quality, when imbibed by any save a powerful intellect, and often, as it were, impels the quaffer to quarrel in his cups.
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Part of their hatred may be very fitly ascribed to anger; for in some cases this is their motive to action: for it is often a cause which impels them to act more powerfully than hatred, and they proceed with greater obstinacy against those whom they attack, as this passion is not under the direction of reason.
This is Manchester Buildings; and here, at all hours of the night, may be heard the rattling of latch-keys in their respective keyholes: with now and then--when a gust of wind sweeping across the water which washes the Buildings' feet, impels the sound towards its entrance--the weak, shrill voice of some young member practising tomorrow's speech.
It would be easy to show that several distinct mental actions are commonly embraced by this term; but every one understands what is meant, when it is said that instinct impels the cuckoo to migrate and to lay her eggs in other birds' nests.