Impel Definition

impelled, impelling, impels
impelled, impelling, impels
To force, compel, or urge; incite; constrain.
Webster's New World
To push, drive, or move forward; propel.
Webster's New World
The definition of impel is to force something to happen or to cause someone to do something.
When you cause someone to feel very angry, this is an example of a situation where you impel angry feelings.

Origin of Impel

  • Middle English impellen from Latin impellere in- against in–2 pellere to drive pel-5 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin impellō

    From Wiktionary


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