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From Middle English propellen (drive out, expel), from Latin propellō, from pro- (forward) and pellō (I push, I move).

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propel (third-person singular simple present propels, present participle propelling, simple past and past participle propelled)

  1. (transitive) To provide an impetus for motion or physical action, to cause to move in a certain direction; to drive forward.
  2. (transitive, figurative) To provide an impetus for non-physical change, to make to arrive to a certain situation or result.
    • 2005, Plato, translated by Lesley Brown, Sophist, page 265e:
      I can discern your nature and see that even without any arguments (logoi) from me it will propel you to what you say you are drawn towards,
    • 2020 November 7, Chelsea Janes, “Kamala Harris, daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, elected nation’s first female vice president”, in Washington Post[1]:
      Black women helped propel Harris and president-elect Joe Biden to victory by elevating turnout in places like Detroit, Milwaukee and Philadelphia.

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  • (antonym(s) of either): stay, halt, stop
  • (antonym(s) of cause to move): rest

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From English propeller.

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  • IPA(key): /propɛl/, [pʰʁ̥oˈpɛlˀ]

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propel c (singular definite propellen, plural indefinite propeller)

  1. propeller (mechanical device used to propel)

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