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Definition of propel verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they propel
    he / she / it propels
    past simple propelled
    -ing form propelling
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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 someone to move in a particular direction or to get into a particular situation She grabbed him from behind and propelled him through the door. Fury propelled her into action. see also propulsion
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