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Definitions and Synonyms of propel | Another word for propel | What is propel?

Definition 1: cause to move forward with force - [verb of contact]

Samples where propel or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Steam propels this ship

Synonyms for propel in the sense of this definition

(propel is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(... is a kind of propel ) propel through the air

"The rocket lofted the space shuttle into the air"

(... is a kind of propel ) throw, send, or cast forward

"project a missile"

(... is a kind of propel ) shoot forth or launch, as if from a catapult

"the enemy catapulted rocks towards the fort"

(... is a kind of propel ) propel with force

"launch the space shuttle" "Launch a ship"

(... is a kind of propel ) push, propel, or press with force

"Drive a nail into the wall"

(... is a kind of propel ) propel through the air

"throw a frisbee"

(... is a kind of propel ) cause to move by striking

"hit a ball"

(... is a kind of propel ) propel with a pole

"pole barges on the river" "We went punting in Cambridge"

(... is a kind of propel ) drive or propel with the foot

(... is a kind of propel ) propel or give impetus to

"The sudden gust of air propelled the ball to the other side of the fence"

(... is a kind of propel ) propel with a rocket

(... is a kind of propel ) move with a flick or light motion

Definition 2: give an incentive for action - [verb of creation]

Samples where propel or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This moved me to sacrifice my career

Synonyms for propel in the sense of this definition

(propel is a kind of ...) give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

"cause a commotion" "make a stir" "cause an accident"

(propel has a similar meaning as ...) have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

"This child impressed me as unusually mature" "This behavior struck me as odd" "he was dumb-struck by the news" "her comments struck a sour note"

(propel has a similar meaning as ...) arouse sympathy or compassion in

"Her fate moved us all"

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