Impel Im*pel", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Impelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Impelling}.] [L. impellere; pref. im- in + pellere, pulsum, to drive. See {Pulse} a beat, and cf. {Impulse}.] To drive or urge forward or on; to press on; to incite to action or motion in any way. [1913 Webster]

The surge impelled me on a craggy coast. --Pope.

Syn: To instigate; incite; induce; influence; force; drive; urge; actuate; move. [1913 Webster]

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