Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: propellere, from pellere 'to drive'


pro‧pel past tense and past participle propelled, present participle propelling [transitive]
1 to move, drive, or push something forward [↪ propulsion]:
a boat propelled by a small motor
One of our students was unable to propel her wheelchair up the ramp.
propel yourself along/through etc
She used the sticks to propel herself along.
2 written to make someone move in a particular direction, especially by pushing them:
He took her arm and propelled her towards the door.
3 to move someone into a new situation or make them do something
propel somebody to/into something
The film propelled her to stardom.
Company directors were propelled into action.

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