UK [ɪmˈpel] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "impel":
present tense I/you/we/they impel he/she/it impels present participle impelling past tense impelled past participle impelled formal
if a feeling or idea impels you to do something, it forces you to do it
impel someone to do something:

Even though I was angry, something impelled me to smile.

be/feel impelled to do something:

He felt impelled to point out that they were making a serious mistake.

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  • Impel — Im*pel , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Impelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Impelling}.] [L. impellere; pref. im in + pellere, pulsum, to drive. See {Pulse} a beat, and cf. {Impulse}.] To drive or urge forward or on; to press on; to incite to action or motion in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impel — I verb actuate, agitate, arouse, catapult, cause, drive forward, drive onward, encourage, fling, give an impetus, heave, hurl, impart momentum, impart motion, incitare, incite, incite to action, induce, instigate, jaculate, launch, mobilize,… …   Law dictionary

  • impel — (v.) early 15c., from L. impellere to push, strike against, drive forward, urge on, from assimilated form of in into, in, on, upon (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + pellere to push, drive (see PULSE (Cf. pulse) (1)). Related: Impelled; impelling …   Etymology dictionary

  • impel — drive, *move, actuate Analogous words: compel, constrain, *force: *provoke, excite, stimulate: incite, instigate, foment: goad, spur (see corresponding nouns at MOTIVE) Antonyms: restrain Contrasted words: curb, check, inhibit (see RESTRAIN) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • impel — has inflected forms impelled, impelling …   Modern English usage

  • impel — [v] prompt, incite actuate, boost, compel, constrain, drive, excite, foment, force, goad, induce, influence, inspire, instigate, jog, lash, mobilize, motivate, move, oblige, poke, power, press, prod, propel, push, require, set in motion, shove,… …   New thesaurus

  • impel — ► VERB (impelled, impelling) 1) drive, force, or urge to do. 2) drive forward. DERIVATIVES impeller noun. ORIGIN Latin impellere, from in towards + pellere to drive …   English terms dictionary

  • impel — [im pel′] vt. impelled, impelling [ME impellen < L impellere < in , in + pellere, to drive < IE base * pel , to push into motion, drive > FELT] 1. to push, drive, or move forward; propel 2. to force, compel, or urge; incite; constrain …   English World dictionary

  • impel — v. (formal) 1) (d; tr.) to impel into, to 2) (H) to impel smb. to do smt. * * * [ɪm pel] to (H) to impel smb. to do smt. (formal) (d;tr.) to impelinto …   Combinatory dictionary

  • impel — See compel. See compel, impel See impel, induce …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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