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English verb: propel

1. propel (contact) cause to move forward with force

SamplesSteam propels this ship.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)carry, catapult, drive, flip, hit, kick, launch, loft, pole, project, punt, rocket, send off, throw

2. propel (creation) give an incentive for action

SamplesThis moved me to sacrifice my career.

ExamplesThey propel him to write the letter

Synonymsactuate, incite, motivate, move, prompt

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)cause, do, make

Verb groupaffect, impress, move, move, strike

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