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Princeton's WordNet

  1. propel, impelverb

    cause to move forward with force

    "Steam propels this ship"

  2. motivate, actuate, propel, move, prompt, inciteverb

    give an incentive for action

    "This moved me to sacrifice my career"


  1. propelverb

    To cause to move in a certain direction.

  2. propelverb

    To make to arrive to a certain situation or result.

  3. Etymology: Historically (late) meant "expel, drive out". From propello, from pro- "forward" and pello.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Propelverb

    To drive forward.

    Etymology: propello, Lat.

    Avicen witnesses the blood to be frothy that is propelled out of a vein of the breast. Gideon Harvey.

    This motion, in some human creatures, may be weak in respect to the viscidity of what is taken, so as not to be able to propel it. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    That overplus of motion would be too feeble and languid to propel so vast and ponderous a body, with that prodigious velocity. Richard Bentley, Sermons.



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Webster Dictionary

  1. Propelverb

    to drive forward; to urge or press onward by force; to move, or cause to move; as, the wind or steam propels ships; balls are propelled by gunpowder

  2. Etymology: [L. propellere, propulsum; pro forward + pellere to drive. See Pulse a beating.]


  1. Propel

    Propel is a free, open-source object-relational mapping toolkit written in PHP. It is also an integral part of the PHP framework Symfony and was the default ORM up to, and including version 1.2.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Propel

    prō-pel′, v.t. to drive forward: to urge onward by force:—pr.p. propel′ling; pa.t. and pa.p. propelled′.n. Propel′lant, that which drives forward.—adj. Propel′lent.—ns. Propel′ler, one who, or that which, propels: any kind of mechanism for moving a ship through the water, by a paddle-wheel, oar, screw, &c.: a vessel thus propelled: a spinning-bait; Propel′ment, act of propelling: propelling mechanism. [L. pro, forward, pellĕre, to drive.]


  1. Propel

    Headquartered in Redwood City, California, Propel builds, owns and operates a network of Clean Fuel Points - green-built, self-serve filling stations providing convenient access to clean, American, low carbon fuels. The company offers drivers and fleets a cleaner fuel choice that makes progress towards lowering America's dependence on foreign oil, reducing carbon emissions, and creating jobs. Propel has also developed CleanDrive®, the nation's first integrated carbon emission reduction tracking platform. Propel operates a growing network of locations providing cleaner mobility options in California and Washington State.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. propel

    To drive forward; to urge or press onward by force; to move or cause to move; balls are propelled by the force of gunpowder.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of propel in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of propel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of propel in a Sentence

  1. Dean Michelle Williams:

    You don't just teach young people. You inspire them, and you propel them along a path of fulfillment and service to others. Your work is what makes our work possible.

  2. Mike Buczkowski:

    The only thing lacking from a successful MLB summer at Sahlen Field in 2020 was the ability to share that experience with our great fans, i know Buffalo is ready to get back to the ballpark and give the Blue Jays a `home-away-from-home' field advantage that will propel them towards another postseason run.

  3. Jan Harzan:

    A second major benefit would be breakthroughs in the energy these craft use to power themselves, from the thousands of observations we have, they are not using propellers, jet engines or rocket motors to propel themselves, nor do they require large fuel tanks.

  4. Brian Katulis:

    Something as startling, as shocking as these attacks are going to propel( national security) back to center stage.

  5. Juan Manuel:

    In regards to the indefinite, unilateral ceasefire declared by the FARC on Dec. 18, we must recognized that they have fulfilled it, for this reason, and to propel the de-escalation of the conflict, I have decided to order the defense ministry and the leaders of the armed forces to cease bombardments over FARC camps for one month.

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    the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
    • A. humility
    • B. scrutiny
    • C. relocation
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