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pro·pel

 (prə-pĕl′)
tr.v. pro·pelled, pro·pel·ling, pro·pels
1. To cause to move forward or onward. See Synonyms at push.
2. To cause to develop or progress: a misunderstanding that propels the story forward.

[Middle English propellen, from Latin prōpellere : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + pellere, to drive; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

propel

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

pro•pel

(prəˈpɛl)

v.t. -pelled, -pel•ling.
to drive, or cause to move, forward or onward: to propel a boat.
[1400–50; late Middle English propellen to expel < Latin prōpellere to drive forward =prō- pro-1 + pellere to drive]

propel


Past participle: propelled
Gerund: propelling

Imperative
propel
propel
Present
I propel
you propel
he/she/it propels
we propel
you propel
they propel
Preterite
I propelled
you propelled
he/she/it propelled
we propelled
you propelled
they propelled
Present Continuous
I am propelling
you are propelling
he/she/it is propelling
we are propelling
you are propelling
they are propelling
Present Perfect
I have propelled
you have propelled
he/she/it has propelled
we have propelled
you have propelled
they have propelled
Past Continuous
I was propelling
you were propelling
he/she/it was propelling
we were propelling
you were propelling
they were propelling
Past Perfect
I had propelled
you had propelled
he/she/it had propelled
we had propelled
you had propelled
they had propelled
Future
I will propel
you will propel
he/she/it will propel
we will propel
you will propel
they will propel
Future Perfect
I will have propelled
you will have propelled
he/she/it will have propelled
we will have propelled
you will have propelled
they will have propelled
Future Continuous
I will be propelling
you will be propelling
he/she/it will be propelling
we will be propelling
you will be propelling
they will be propelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been propelling
you have been propelling
he/she/it has been propelling
we have been propelling
you have been propelling
they have been propelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been propelling
you will have been propelling
he/she/it will have been propelling
we will have been propelling
you will have been propelling
they will have been propelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been propelling
you had been propelling
he/she/it had been propelling
we had been propelling
you had been propelling
they had been propelling
Conditional
I would propel
you would propel
he/she/it would propel
we would propel
you would propel
they would propel
Past Conditional
I would have propelled
you would have propelled
he/she/it would have propelled
we would have propelled
you would have propelled
they would have propelled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.propel - 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"
2.propel - give an incentive for actionpropel - give an incentive for action; "This moved me to sacrifice my career"
cause, do, make - give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; "cause a commotion"; "make a stir"; "cause an accident"
impress, strike, affect, move - have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
move - arouse sympathy or compassion in; "Her fate moved us all"

propel

verb
1. drive, launch, start, force, send, shoot, push, thrust, shove, set in motion The rocket is designed to propel the spacecraft.
drive stop, pull, check, slow, hold back
2. impel, drive, push, prompt, spur, motivate He is propelled by the need to avenge his father.
impel check, delay, hold back

propel

verb
1. To set or keep going:
2. To launch with great force:
Idiom: let fly.
3. To force to move or advance with or as if with blows or pressure:
Translations
يَدْفَع، يُسَيِّر
pohánět
drive frem
työntää
knÿja áfram
automatinis pieštukaspropelerissraigtas
dzīt/virzīt uz priekšu
hareket ettirmekileri götürmek

propel

[prəˈpel] VT [+ vehicle, rocket] → impulsar, propulsar
to propel sth/sb alongimpulsar algo/a algn
they propelled him into the roomlo llevaron dentro de la habitación; (more violently) → lo metieron en la habitación de un empujón

propel

[prəˈpɛl] vt
[+ vehicle, boat] → propulser
(= push) [+ person] → propulser
to propel sb into sth [+ activity, career] → propulser qn dans qch
to be propelled by sth (= motivated) → être mu(e) par qch

propel

vtantreiben; (fuel) → betreiben; propelled along by the windvom Wind getrieben; propelled by greedvon Habgier getrieben; he was propelled through the windower wurde aus dem Fenster geworfen

propel

[prəˈpɛl] vtspingere

propel

(prəˈpel) past tense, past participle proˈpelled verb
to drive forward, especially mechanically. The boat is propelled by a diesel engine.
proˈpeller noun
a device, consisting of revolving blades, used to drive a ship or an aircraft.
proˈpulsion (-ˈpalʃən) noun
the process of propelling or being propelled. jet-propulsion.
proˌpelling-ˈpencil noun
a pencil consisting of a metal or plastic case containing a lead that is pushed forward by a screwing mechanism.
References in classic literature ?
As he still nervously retained the two hands he had grasped, this would have been a difficult feat, even had he not endeavored at the same moment, by a backward furtive kick, to propel the hat out of the window, at which she laughingly broke from his grasp and flew to the rescue.
The solar eighth ray would be absorbed by the surface of Barsoom, but the Barsoomian eighth ray, which tends to propel light from Mars into space, is constantly streaming out from the planet constituting a force of repulsion of gravity which when confined is able to life enormous weights from the surface of the ground.
But, in all the experiments made with models at the Adelaide Gallery, it was found that the operation of these fans not only did not propel the machine, but actually impeded its flight.
You can not swim on your back and make any progress of any consequence, because your feet stick away above the surface, and there is nothing to propel yourself with but your heels.
For a moment the lioness remained quiet with intense gaze directed upon the flitting Esmeralda, whose goal appeared to be the cupboard, into which she attempted to propel her huge bulk; but as the shelves were but nine or ten inches apart, she only succeeded in getting her head in; whereupon, with a final screech, which paled the jungle noises into insignificance, she fainted once again.
A splinter from the projectile had damaged one of the control levers beyond the possibility of repair outside a machine shop; but after considerable tinkering, Carthoris was able to propel his wounded flier at low speed, a rate which could not approach the rapid gait of the thoat, whose eight long, powerful legs carried it over the ochre vegetation of the dead sea-bottom at terrific speed.
When it had advanced from the wood, it hopped much after the fashion of a kangaroo, using its hind feet and tail to propel it, and when it stood erect, it sat upon its tail.
They had power of command over other objects, could propel sticks and stones through the air, could even tie him a prisoner to a stick that rendered him helpless.
that it will propel a street car better than a gas jet and give more
Perhaps it is its light that at night hovers over swamps, its breath that propels the clouds, its voice that renders church-bells harmonious.
It is this ray which propels the inherent or reflected light of the planet off into space, and when confined gives to the Martian craft their airy buoyancy.
The distance of the projectile from the moon diminished very rapidly under its speed, though that was much less than its initial velocity-- but eight or nine times greater than that which propels our express trains.