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Definition cause to move forward (to push or encourage)
  • Fully aquatic mammals have lost their legs and have a tail fin to propel themselves through the water.
propel = cause to move forward
  • The experience propelled her to pursue a career as a teacher.
  • propelled = pushed or encouraged
  • The hot air balloon depends upon wind to propel it.
  • propel = push
  • The publicity propelled the film to the top spot.
  • propelled = pushed
  • A propeller propels fluids along its axis of rotation (the imaginary line it rotates around). An impeller throws the fluid from its center towards its edges.
  • propels = pushes
  • The invention of the Internet propelled human progress.
  • propelled = caused to move forward
  • A demon wind propelled me east of the sun.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • The sun hung low on my left and the winds bellied the sails and propelled me onward.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • He spun around, violently propelling Marie off her feet, sending her out of the line of fire as he crouched, his weapon in his hand.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • One does not know by what one is propelled.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Lysa seized her by the wrist and put her other hand between her shoulder blades, propelling her forcefully toward the open door.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • For moments, hours, ages she was propelled with the velocity of a shooting-star.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • A rocket-propelled grenade.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • Propelled by fear, but also by knowledge, she rose out of bed, not making a sound.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • It slows like a wheel beginning to run in sand, the axle, the vehicle, the power which propels it not yet aware.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • What she meant was that I was not doing all I could to prop up Richard, to propel him forward along his path to glory.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • And that had probably been the least of my injuries, given the explosion that had propelled me into the vacuum to begin with.
    Ann Leckie  --  Ancillary Justice
  • The telephone in the Commissars Suite screamed, propel ling Benjamin off the couch.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The oars—or sweeps—used to propel the boats were eighteen feet long.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776

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