impel

Impel means to force to move forward. A person sleep walking might move as if impelled by a force beyond their control. Loneliness might impel you to talk to someone you don't know.

Impel derives from the Latin in- "toward" + pellere "to drive," which also brings us compel "to force" and propel "to drive forward." The boy was propelled by his fears, but when he said fear of bullies impelled him to stay home on Halloween, his mother compelled him to dress and go outside.

Definitions of impel
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v urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate

Synonyms:
force
Type of:
cause, do, make
give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

v cause to move forward with force

Synonyms:
propel
Types:
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flip
move with a flick or light motion
rocket
propel with a rocket
carry
propel or give impetus to
kick
drive or propel with the foot
pole, punt
propel with a pole
hit
cause to move by striking
throw
propel through the air
drive
push, propel, or press with force
launch
propel with force
catapult
shoot forth or launch, as if from a catapult
project, send off
throw, send, or cast forward
loft
propel through the air
play
shoot or hit in a particular manner
foul
hit a foul ball
cannon
make a cannon
clap
strike together so as to produce a sharp percussive noise
flap down, slam
throw violently
drop-kick, dropkick
drop and kick (a ball) as it touches the ground, as for a field goal
place-kick
kick (a ball) from a stationary position, in football
drop-kick, dropkick
make the point after a touchdown with a dropkick
punt
kick the ball
ground out
make an out by hitting the ball on the ground
toe
drive (a golf ball) with the toe of the club
shank
hit (a golf ball) with the heel of a club, causing the ball to veer in the wrong direction
pitch
hit (a golf ball) in a high arc with a backspin
fly
hit a fly
snap
put in play with a snap
whang
propel or hit with force
undercut
strike (the ball) in golf, tennis, or hockey obliquely downward so as to give a backspin or elevation to the shot
putt
strike (a golf ball) lightly, with a putter
heel
strike with the heel of the club
toe
hit (a golf ball) with the toe of the club
bunker
hit a golf ball into a bunker
bounce
hit something so that it bounces
backhand
hit a tennis ball backhand
pop
hit a pop-fly
follow through
carry a stroke to natural completion after hitting or releasing a ball
shell
hit the pitches of hard and regularly
ground
hit onto the ground
ground
hit a groundball
ground
throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage
top
strike (the top part of a ball in golf, baseball, or pool) giving it a forward spin
pull
hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing
kill
hit with great force
kill
hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games
connect
hit or play a ball successfully
drive
hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally
drive
strike with a driver, as in teeing off
hole, hole out
hit the ball into the hole
bunt, drag a bunt
hit a ball in such a way so as to make it go a short distance
snick
hit a glancing blow with the edge of the bat
racket
hit (a ball) with a racket
carry, dribble
propel, "Carry the ball"
slice
hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels in a different direction
hook
hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left
single
hit a single
double
hit a two-base hit
triple
hit a three-base hit
prostrate
throw down flat, as on the ground
cast, hurl, hurtle
throw forcefully
heave
throw with great effort
bombard, pelt
cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile
defenestrate
throw through or out of the window
deliver, pitch
throw or hurl from the mound to the batter, as in baseball
shy
throw quickly
drive
cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force
deep-six, throw overboard
throw from a boat
ridge
throw soil toward (a crop row) from both sides
jettison
throw as from an airplane
fling
throw with force or recklessness
lob
propel in a high arc
chuck, toss
throw carelessly
float
put into the water
blast off
launch with great force
skim, skip, skitter
cause to skip over a surface
smash
hit (a tennis ball) in a powerful overhead stroke
shoot
throw or propel in a specific direction or towards a specific objective
volley
hit before it touches the ground
croquet
drive away by hitting with one's ball, "croquet the opponent's ball"
loft
kick or strike high in the air
juggle
throw, catch, and keep in the air several things simultaneously
flick, flip
cause to move with a flick
pass
throw (a ball) to another player
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

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