verb im·pel \im-ˈpel\

: to cause (someone) to feel a strong need or desire to do something


Full Definition of IMPEL

transitive verb
:  to urge or drive forward or on by or as if by the exertion of strong moral pressure :  force <felt impelled to correct the misconception>
:  to impart motion to :  propel

Origin of IMPEL

Middle English impellen, from Latin impellere, from in- + pellere to drive — more at felt
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of IMPEL

move, actuate, drive, impel mean to set or keep in motion. move is very general and implies no more than the fact of changing position <moved the furniture>. actuate stresses transmission of power so as to work or set in motion <turbines actuated by waterpower>. drive implies imparting forward and continuous motion and often stresses the effect rather than the impetus <a ship driven aground by hurricane winds>. impel is usually figurative and suggests a great motivating impetus <a candidate impelled by ambition>.
IMPEL Defined for Kids


verb im·pel \im-ˈpel\

Definition of IMPEL for Kids

:  to urge or force into action <I felt impelled to speak up.>


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