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impel

im·pel

impel

 
pronunciation:
ihm pel
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: impelled, impelling, impels
definition 1: to drive or incite to action.
The final pay cut impelled the workers to go on strike.
synonyms:
compel, incite, induce, prompt
antonyms:
restrain
similar words:
actuate, constrain, demand, drive, exhort, force, press, pressure, prevail upon, prick, prod, provoke, push, urge
definition 2: to send or cause to move forward; propel.
synonyms:
drive, propel
similar words:
launch, move, push, thrust
Word Parts
The word impel contains the following parts:
im-1 Latin prefix that means in, into, on
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The prefix im-1 occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of in-1 used before roots beginning with m, p, and b, such as "mers," "port," and "bib."
pel, puls Latin root that means drive, push