What does propel mean?

Definitions for propelprəˈpɛl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word propel.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. propel, impel(verb)

    cause to move forward with force

    "Steam propels this ship"

  2. motivate, actuate, propel, move, prompt, incite(verb)

    give an incentive for action

    "This moved me to sacrifice my career"


  1. propel(Verb)

    To cause to move in a certain direction.

  2. propel(Verb)

    To make to arrive to a certain situation or result.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Propel(verb)

    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. Origin: [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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kim Forrest:

    That could propel their shares higher.

  2. Steve Maraboli:

    The actions you take today can propel you into a better position tomorrow."

  3. Steve Maraboli:

    Seizing the power of now is what will help you propel your life to where you need to be."

  4. Brian Katulis:

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

  5. Brian Katulis:

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

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