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English verb: impel

1. impel (creation) urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate

ExamplesThey impel him to write the letter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)cause, do, make

2. impel (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

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