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

 

impel

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpel//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpel//
 
(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they impel
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpel//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpel//
 
he / she / it impels
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpelz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpelz//
 
past simple impelled
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpeld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpeld//
 
past participle impelled
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpeld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpeld//
 
-ing form impelling
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpelɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpelɪŋ//
 
 
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if an idea or feeling impels you to do something, you feel as if you are forced to do it impel somebody to do something He felt impelled to investigate further. impel somebody (to something) There are various reasons that impel me to that conclusion. She was impelled by the urgent need to see him again. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘propel’): from Latin impellere, from in- ‘towards’ + pellere ‘to drive’.
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