Definition of propel verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    propel

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//prəˈpel//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈpel//
     
    [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they propel
    BrE BrE//prəˈpel//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈpel//
     
    he / she / it propels
    BrE BrE//prəˈpelz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈpelz//
     
    past simple propelled
    BrE BrE//prəˈpeld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈpeld//
     
    past participle propelled
    BrE BrE//prəˈpeld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈpeld//
     
    -ing form propelling
    BrE BrE//prəˈpelɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈpelɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1propel something (+ adv./prep.) to move, drive or push something forward or in a particular direction mechanically propelled vehicles a boat propelled only by oars He succeeded in propelling the ball across the line.
  2. 2propel somebody + adv./prep. to force somebody to move in a particular direction or to get into a particular situation He was grabbed from behind and propelled through the door. Fury propelled her into action.
  3. see also propulsion
    Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘expel, drive out’): from Latin propellere, from pro- ‘forward’ + pellere ‘to drive’.
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